Pervasive, disruptive, seductive, enabling: designing technologies for learning and social innovation

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    Abstract

    “There are no technological revolutions without cultural transformations.” This is a quote from the book “The Internet Galaxy: Refl ections on the Internet, Business, and Society” by Manuel Castells (2003), in which the author explores the complexity of the social problems generated by the spread of the Internet. Nowadays the Internet is no longer simply a means for connecting people through computers. The digital components of the network have materialized in things. Information has ceased to travel exclusively on the computer screen and moved onto physical objects, now able to talk to each other and with the environment. The challenge is that this technological innovation will become a social innovation, and that individuals, society, institutions and companies will appropriate it, modifying it, transforming it, and experimenting with it. This paper is a refl ection on the role of technology in supporting social innovation. We will approach this topic from the perspective of interaction design, a discipline that studies social practices connected with use of P. Marti / QWERTY 10, 2 (2015) 12-29 13 technologies, and imagines new possibilities as well as new activities enabled by them. The refl ection will develop by presenting the outcomes of Light through Culture, an international educational project that aims to create a meaningful context for learning in which students refl ect on socio-cultural issues together by building interactive installations.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)12-29
    JournalQwerty : Open and Interdisciplinary Journal of Technology, Culture and Education
    Volume10
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 2015

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