a bridge too far?

Bate’s article discusses whether the shift in education towards a more ICT-friendly model has come very quickly – perhaps too much so for the teachers who are primarily affected by this shift. This article, from what I understand, says that teachers should adapt with changing times, but also says that schools should assist with that transition, rather than making it an onus on the teacher.

As has been the case for the past few articles, I agree with this message – that teachers and students should have the opportunity to learn with new and changing technologies. Theoretically, this article makes sense, and I have seen it being applied in the real world: my old school had four computer labs and computers in the library, as well as in specific classrooms where they were needed (ie the Media Labs). I graduated in 2008 and my brother has started there this year, where all students up to year 10 now have personal iPads for use with schoolwork (where applicable). In the five years since my graduation there has also been at least one complete overhaul of new computers in the labs and library, simply in order to stay on top of updated technologies.

In the five years since I left school, there have been four new iPhone models released, and the first ever iPad model. Windows released two new software updates in Windows 7 and 8. The rise in social media since 2008 can be followed here also.

The ways in which people of all ages connect are changing; this can be seen in the classroom too – a sort of petri dish of outside society. Therefore, to ignore this changing landscape is to be not only blind to reality, but to be actively giving students a disadvantage in later life.

1 comment
  1. nd20103872 said:

    I agree with you Tom and I liked the detail of mentioning the different versions of Iphone and Ipad models, because it shows that technology has developed, mobilised, and there needs to be a response to this in the classroom. The state of play has really changed – its hard to believe that we used to measure technology in the classroom by having 3 or 4 computers at the back. Gone are those days it seems, generally speaking.

    Where I would offer you a challenge is by asking you the question: How do you plan to respond to changing technology when you enter the classroom in the not too distant future?

    (I’m glad to be your first commentator!)

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