As Apple’s iPad becomes available to pre-order today, I would like to share some general thoughts about technology and education. This isn’t directed at Apple technology (as I love their very shiny and useful kit 🙂 and includes most educational technology, such as IWBs and software.
My concern is the conversation that goes ‘ This bit of kit / software will transform education.’ I disagree with this. Of course, for those that are already proficient in using technology, it will provide another tool, and even provide some activities that transform education.
However, my main concern is that the training needs of staff are often overlooked. For education to be transformed, staff need to be developed, supported and shown how technology can help to transform learning.
The photograph above lists the key attributes of team work according to some pupils on an outdoor activity weekend last month. For me, outdoor learning is just as, if not more, powerful in supporting learning. However, I wouldn’t argue that outdoor activity be the only part of the curriculum, just another tool 🙂
Of course, I’m usually the first to grab a new piece of kit / software,but this is often to trial and see how it could be used to support learning. Often, the key consideration is ‘ Can my whole team use this to transform and support learning?’ If not then what training and support will they need, and is investment in that kit worth it?
This maybe stating the obvious to most.