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Problem owner: Bernard de Groot, CIO Sanoma Learning & Literature
Twitter http://twitter.com/batdegroot

Team Members

Chun Seok Chang
Spyridoula Drakopoulou
Margo Martinez
Ines Ranguelova
Neels Steyn

presentation feedback

Like the newspaper - indicate clearer that it progresses in time
Good scenario questions - congrats !
Missmatch between monitoring and teacher as facilitator - can't have both
What is the problem with the Internet in education
Virtual learning pic is of an old style classroom
Have more aspects of the difficulty of changing, always harder and motet difficult than people 
What is the ideal class size in a virtual class

Focal Issue

What will be the future of tablets/technology in the classroom of 2025?

Scenario Tree


Scenario Stories

School as Usual
Another brick in the wall
Tailored Learning, Tailored Life
Teacher, leave them kids alone

Interview Questions

Personal Role and Project Expectations
1) What is your role as a Chief Innovation Officer in the company?
2) What are your expectations from this project? How would you like to benefit from the project (for Sanoma/on a personal level)?
3) How broadly do you define education? What are your personal interests in tablets.
4) How do you think learning will be like in the future? Do you see any other innovation having an impact on the future of learning and education?
5) Reuse of content, what is the level of collaboration between the divisions of the company?
6) Which is the geographical focus that interests you?

Sanoma's Business Model
1) What is the current business model for Sanoma Learning and Literature?
2) Describe your main products (textbooks vs other learning materials)
3) Who are your customers and the market you are addressing? Revenue sources?
4) Who are your main competitors?
5) Suppliers (i.e. Who provides content?)

Sanoma's Industry
1) Is the industry driven by customers' demands and needs or is the company defining the future innovations (Apple)?
2) Do you view companies like Google and Apple's interest in media as a threat?
3) How do you see the market evolving in the short, medium and long term? What role do you see Sanoma playing in this market?

Obstacles to Adoption of Tablets for Education
1) Why tablets? Laptops and PCs were very slow in penetrating schools. Do you view tablets as a different case?
2) Laptops and PCs revolutionized the learning experience. Do you see tablets as an extension of this trend?
3) What are the practical obstacles to adoption of Tablets in Education
4) Do you see the tablets taking off? Under which conditions and when?
5) (optional) Is there a security protocol? How constraining is it?

Research Questions

Educational Systems around the world
Which are the main transformations that the educational system has gone through so far?
What is the total government spending for education? How much does it vary in the developing and developed world?
Which is the cost structure of schools?
What are the current technological trends in the educational system?
Demographic trends
What is the level of autonomy granted to schools/ What is the role of local ministries of education?
Is there any flexibility in the way the curriculum is structured and taught (alternative teaching methods)?
International initiatives for improvement of education

- What are the different types of tablets on the market, price and volume?
- What are the various features/functions currently found on tablets available in the market?
- How long does it take for a technological innovation to increase its penetration rate?
- May the success of Apple affect the future of tablets and their popularity?
- PCs and laptops at schools. How have the penetration rates evolved through time?
- What are the benefits from using tablets, as opposed to laptops/PC's?
- Schools that currently make use of tablet computing and for which subjects/classes/purposes?
- Which is the receptivity of teachers and students concerning technology innovations and involvement of technology in the class?
- Obstacles in adopting tablets

Publishing Companies
Which are the main publishing companies worldwide?
How much power do these companies exercise compared to the other parties involved in the supply chain?
What is the current status of e-books and e-learning?

Corporate role in Education
What is the involvement of corporations in the educational system currently?
Are there any partnership/ sponsorship between schools/universities and companies?

Systems Diagrams

System Diagram for Tabelt in Education 1.jpg

Driving Forces

1. Technological babysitting in Child Care

2. E-Books Usage

3. Decrease of Students' Engagement

4. Increasing Rate of Technological Change

5. Increasing Rate of Learning

6. Increasing Online Collaboration

7. Tailored and Alternative Learning Systems

8. Performance Measurement via Technology

9. Telecommunication technology

10. Education cost

11. Impact of the European sovereign debt crisis on education spending

12. Global Warming Threats

13. Decrease in competitiveness of EU

14. Increased number of teachers at retirement age