Future of learning

The argument being debated at a key education conference in Glasgow in September is that by 2010 people will use technology, rather than institutions, to access learning.

Putting the case is Stephen Heppell of Ultralab UK; opposing him is the American journalist Todd Oppenheimer. Broadcaster Kirsty Wark is chairing the debate and making a guest appearance is Seymour Papert of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, author of Mindstorms.

The "Fusion: Global Learning Summit 2000" at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre, on September 26-28, is organised by the ScottishCouncil for Educational Technology with sponsors including Scottish Enterprise Glasgow and The TES Scotland. It addresses the issue of lifelong learning and new technologies, with speakers from the United States, South Africa, Denmark, Australia and the UK.

Teachers can take part in discussion sessions, try out computers and software at the accompanying exhibition and bring their families to a free learning show on the first afternoon.

Registration pound;325 (ex VAT) before July 1, then pound;375, on 0141 434 1500. Exhibition registration on 0141 337 5000. www.fusion-2000.com

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