Transforming Learning and Education
Todays approaches to learning and education are woefully
outmoded. Digital technologies provide an historic opportunity to
transform how and what people learnin schools, in workplaces,
and in their everyday lives. We are developing new technologies
and new strategies to support a constructionist approach
to learning, helping people take charge of their own learning throughout
the day and throughout their lives.
e-Commerce We are examining how
new technologies can empower local communities to create new, sustainable
economic organizations. For example, we are developing technologies
that allow rural workers to better participate in regional marketplaces,
new e-commerce strategies that enable remote communities to reach
global markets, and new forms of economic collaboration.
Multicultural Computing Most
technologies today were designed for a very narrow set of users.
With global connectedness comes a need for pluralism. We are working
on multilingual approaches to computing, enabling people to communicate
across linguistic boundaries. We are also developing multimodal
approaches, extending computers to understand and produce speech
(not just text and graphics). These new technologies will open up
computing to a broader range of ages, cultural traditions, and literacy
Learning Communities We are developing
tools and practices that enable people of all ages to take more
active roles in the development of their communitiesand to
develop new ideas about learning and communities in the process.
As community members work together on projects, the community as
a whole can develop new knowledge beyond what any individual could
on their own.
Ubiquitous Access Our aim is
to develop low-cost technologies so that computing and communications
become accessible to everyone on the planet. New wireless technologies
will enable communities to leapfrog to the digital world, avoiding
the high expense of traditional telecommunications infrastructures.
Rethinking Health Care Just as
new technologies enable people to take more control of their own
learning, so too with health care. We are developing low-cost tools
to help people monitor and plan for their own health, rather than
relying solely on treatment from medical experts.