It is amazing how Barbara Flynn's familiar-sounding narration adds credibility to a documentary such as this one.
The video was launched at the The Royal Society on 6 November at the closing event of the TEL Research Programme. It aims to highlight - for a lay(ish) audience - the results of 8 four-year ESRC/EPSRC funded Technology Enhanced Learning projects, and to emphasise the scope that now exists for TEL to "take off", ubiquitously and at scale, and in a designed rather than random way. I think it largely succeeds in this, though if the documentary has a weakness it is it's lack of focus on the big impact that TEL is already having. Public figures featured - alongside teachers, learners, and researchers, include:
- Tim O'Shea, Principal of Edinburgh University;
- Charles Clarke and Jim Knight, former Labour Secretaries of State for Education;
- Michael Gove, the current Coalition Government's Secretary of State for Education;
- Eban Upton, the designer of the Rasberry Pi;
- David Puttnam;
- Eric Schmidt, Chairman of Google;
- Mitchel Resnick, from MIT Media Lab.
For more on the TEL programme read this September 2012 Guest Contribution, and System Upgrade - a vision for technology enhanced learning in UK Education.
Disclosure. I was a member of the TEL programme's Advisory Group. My previous employer, the Association for Learning Technology, was a partner in the TEL Learning Designer project.