Right to learn - thoughts on digital learning

What do you think about digital learning? Do you believe that children and young people will benefit from digital learning? How will the digitalization of classrooms change learning processes and in which way does digital learning integrate with the development and needs of children and young people?


Who is developing pedagogical concepts for digital learning tools and environments and what is the motivation behind that? What is the role of the teacher in the digital classroom?


The paper of Ted Warren explores some of these questions. He urges parents and teachers to take responsibility for the learning processes of children and young people rather than to leave it to "the wizards of digital education" who promise they have machines with software that understands children and young people and will provide individualized learning processes.

Each child has a unique learning process, and the processes change during childhood. It is extremely important for parents, teachers and children to follow their learning processes closely. They may cooperate by sharing their experiences and discovering appropriate methods throughout childhood, the teenage years and young adulthood.


Excerpt from the paper "The Right to Learn" by Ted Warren 

Right to learn
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Do you have questions or are you an expert on digital learning or individual learning processes and want to share your ideas? Please contact Ted.

Ted Warren is a council member of effe. He is a businessman, an educator and an author. Ted is an expert in human resources (strategic alignment, project management and people development) and specializes in teenage personality development. He is working with teenagers at the Rudolf Steiner School in Oslo (Norway).

Events related to "digital learning"

Lifelong Learning Platform - education in a digital world

Annual conference 2017 - Lifelong Learning Platform


The annual conference of the Lifelong Learning Platform "education in a digital world" takes place from May 31 to June 01, 2017 at Tallinn University in Estonia. 

Fachtag 2017 - Bundesverband freier Alternativschulen in Deutschland


Der diesjährige Fachtag des Bundesverbandes der Freien Alternativschulen (BFAS) "Alternativschulen morgen: Pädagogik jenseits von Reform"" findet am 17. Mai 2017 in Kassel statt.

Schools of tomorrow - Haus der Kulturen der Welt


At a kick-off conference "Schools of tomorrow" at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW) in Berlin from 2017, May 4-6, educational theorists and practitioners will discuss how schools can shape the future with teachers, parents, students and artists.

Which educational futures could guide our thinking and actions if we see schools as laboratories of tomorrow’s society? What do digitalization and demographic transition mean for learning in a migration society? What new alliances could strengthen schools as social places? In what ways can art advance change? And how would students organize learning in their model school?

One hundred years ago, educational reformers across the globe strove to create the foundation for new methods of learning and teaching. Industrialization, worldwide migration and urbanization led to profound upheavals, to which progressive educational reformers responded with new school concepts. In his groundbreaking 1915 publication "Schools of To-Morrow" the philosopher und educator John Dewey and his daughter Evelyn Dewey laid out his teaching theories based on a series of school experiments in the United States. His educational approach, which intended to prepare students to actively take part in shaping society, continues to have an effect today. Based on Dewey’s ideas, Schools of Tomorrow is examining current examples from international practice as well as experimental school practices from the twentieth century, thus developing fields of action and themes that can identify new pathways for learning.

At a kick-off conference from May 4 – 6, 2017, international educational theorists and practitioners, artists, parents, and students will discuss how schools can shape the future. The results of the conference will form the starting point for a series of school projectsthat will be implemented together with partners across Europe in the 2017-2018 school year. A competition for ideas asks students in Germany and Austria how they would organize their model school. In June 2018, HKW will present selected school projects and the results of the ideas competition at a closing presentation.

Curated by Silvia Fehrmann
“Schools of Tomorrow” takes place as part of the HKW series 100 Years of Now.