I love this short (5 min) video by the Consortium for School Networking (COSN). A range of ‘big wigs’ give their two cents worth on why schools need to become more ICT intensive – The following arguments especially appealed to me:
- Students have a more stimulating and richer environment outside of school (how sad)
- Kids are now very rich content developers and communicators, but we are not utilising their skills – instead we BAN everything from school which might ‘distract’ students from the learning we have designed for them
- There is a need to defy the industrial narrative of control and order that positions students as factory workers, which maintains a stranglehold on the majority of schools and classrooms
- Every turned off device is potentially a turned off child.
As Stephen Heppell says in the video, it may be the death of education, but is it the dawn of learning…and that is exciting indeed.