Tuesday, 12 July 2011

Keeping up to Date....

A piece of 'sensory room' kit...
There are so many dedicated teachers around who don't get the opportunity to leave school to see what is happening in other schools or what is increasingly available to them, especially in the world of technology...

I was lucky to accompany a group of staff from an SEN school to RM's Real Centre recently. They had not been out of school for a long time and for the first time had the opportunity to simply research how technology is changing and how it can enhance learning for their particular students with very complex needs. To say they were blown away is an understatement.

The Real Centre at RM is designed to promote discussion and research about how the integrated design of furniture and technology can provide flexibility and extend the range of activities to support a more learner centred approach. It is a great venue to explore all sorts of technology, including specialist equipment for sensory rooms for SEN schools.
These staff were lucky - many staff in schools really do not fully appreciate just how fast technology is changing or understand the real impact technology can have on learning... or even get the chance to find out. Watching and working with this staff really made me question what else should really be done to try and keep staff up to date in every school. Many just do not get the opportunity to visit and never see the press for stories about new kit.
It must be possible to improve this knowledge for staff and schools and surely should be a priority!

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