Just occasionally when scouring through the mounds of blogs, wikis, journals, online resources and techy mags I come across an article I'd wish I'd written... and when you've read it, it seems to be such an obvious thing to say. This is because you are in total agreement to it. But of course then you think would others concur? So here we go, this was such an article by Matt Britland from the Teacher Network in the Guardian online.
In summary these are the two points I totally agree with, however click on the image below to view the full article.
What is the future of technology in education? Forget devices, the future of education technology is all about the cloud.
"The future is about access, anywhere learning and collaboration, both locally and globally. Teaching and learning is going to be social."
Being a huge Sir Ken Robinson ‘Fan’ I continue to review many of his talks and of course videos.
This is an interesting one, and to me highlights the point that ‘New’ technologies are not new to new students. It’s what they use because its there.
My only concern has been and continues to be the interaction between the Technology the Pedagogy and the Delivery. You can have all the best technology in the world – but if any of the other two fall short then the impact to the student can be disastrous.
Of course if any of these areas fall short there will be a deficit in the learning. Furthermore if the Pedagogy and Delivery fell short prior to the introduction of the Technology the Technology will only aid the speeding up of the ‘mess’.
“Technology is changing the world rapidly, impacting the way students learn and opening new possibilities for educators. Take a look what Sir Ken Robinson had to say when asked about the role of technology in education.”
Chris O'Reilly is an Educational Technologist and freelance advisor for online educational learning material and development.