GORDON LEWIS

BIO

Gordon Lewis is Vice President, Languages, for Laureate Higher Education, based in Princeton, NJ, USA. He earned a B.S. in Languages and Linguistics from Georgetown University, Washington D.C. and an M.S. from the Monterey Institute of International Studies, Monterey , California . From 1991-1999 he ran a language school for children in Berlin, Germany. From 2001 to 2004 he was Director of Instructor Training and Development for Berlitz Kids in Princeton , New Jersey . From 2004-2008 he was Academic Director of Kaplan English Programs, based in New York City. Gordon has served on the committee of the IATEFL Young Learners Special Interest Group and served as an editorial board member of ELT Journal. He is co-author of Games for Children and Grammar for Young Learners and author of The Internet and Young Learners, Teenagers, Making the Most of Technology, and Learning Technologies all published by Oxford University Press.

ABSTRACT

Intelligent Language Learning: Using technology to maximize human potential
Technology has always been a part of education. From the abacus to the calculator, the pencil to the typewriter, technology has impacted the way we teach and learn. However, only with the birth of digital technology, and the exponential speed with which it is developing, has technology moved center stage as a transformational factor in virtually every aspect of our lives.

While technologists paint a bright future of a technology-enabled world, many people fear a world dominated by machines. The reality lies not in the technology itself, but in the philosophy behind its implementation.

In this talk we will consider a model of educational technology which puts the human first. We will take a sober look at what humans do well and where we struggle. We will then look at concrete examples of how technologies can enhance our strengths and help us manage an ever growing stream of data and turn this information into the knowledge we need to make critical decisions in the learning process.