Monday, 22 October 2007

Interesting conundrum... technology in schools

Interesting dilemma as we toured schools last week ...
  • we are encouraging students to use technology of all sorts in our schools,
  • we are trailing a range of new technology devices in every school from interactive white boards to hand held devices,
  • Stephen Heppell wants schools to encourage students to use the huge potential available within their cell phones,
  • the technology department at this school, with an incredibly enthusiastic teacher, demonstrated to us cell phone holders his students were making using a range of materials from wood to perspex and metal.....

but the school actually bans students from bringing cell phones to school....... it's kind of hard to see how this makes much sense really and, unfortunately demonstrates that there is not total buy in to our work yet... or more likely much more professional development is needed to help teachers get used to how to use the new technologies. This is a big challenge for all of us!

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