Technological Progress Is A Significant Driving Force Behind Economic Growth, Citizen Engagement And Job Creation

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Technological progress is a significant driving force behind economic growth, citizen engagement and job creation. Information and communication technologies (ICT), specifically, are restructuring many aspects of the world’s economies, governments and societies (http://www.worldbank.org/en/topic/ict/overview, 2016). A quote from Justin Reich on MindShift comes to mind via Kwout “One simple way of understanding our pedagogical theory of iPads is that we don’t want them to just become replacements for notebooks and textbooks, we want them to be objects to think with. We want students using them to mess around with the world around them and their courses of study.” The National Research Council’s Committee on Information Technology Literacy (1999) included intellectual capabilities as being critical to technological fluency, citing engagement in sustained reasoning and expecting the unexpected as two of the eight key elements that enable students to plan, design, execute, and evaluate a solution. All of these are critical aspects of higher-order thinking and rigorous thinking (Instructional Technology Department, 2016). Higher-order thinking in the context of a fast-paced, knowledge-based society requires both divergent and convergent thinking. Divergent thinking uses the creativity to play ‘what if,’ establishing multiple scenarios and ideas to consider as hypotheses. Convergent thinking enables students to use sound reasoning and common sense to analyze those possibilities

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