3 The Ecology of Resources

A Theoretically Grounded Framework for Designing Next Generation Technology-Rich Learning

Rosemary Luckin, Wilma Clark and Joshua Underwood

Introduction

William Gibson (1999) eloquently noted that our progress towards the future is ‘not evenly distributed’. It happens in ‘fits and starts’ and in different places to different extents and at different times. The theories and frameworks upon which design activity is based must therefore be capable of engaging with the potential of the cutting edge, yet at the same time be capable of graceful degradation to meet the needs of those who are less technologically sophisticated. Participatory design methods can help designers to understand and address the reality of their beneficiaries, ...

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