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.
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#1 by Elaine Talbert on September 22, 2008 - 6:53 pm
Thanks for the reminder about this video. Very persuasive, based on reality and the way it is for our students. Lots to digest and much to “shift”
#2 by Tony Searl on September 22, 2008 - 10:29 pm
I also liked this video, not sure of my colleagues reactions when I shared it at the week 6 staff meeting, but it sure got some discussion started. Baby steps are good steps.
#3 by kellimcgraw on September 23, 2008 - 11:56 pm
Thanks Elaine and Tony. There is lots to digest here, and it is a good discussion starter – that it what I love about this type of clip! Rather than being a mini-PD video on ‘what to do’, it opens up thinking and gets people talking about possibilities.
Well, hopefully – I’m hoping to show it at a faculty meeting next term 😉