Nov 062011

In een tweet werd er op onderstaand artikel gewezen. Terecht wat mij betreft; het bevat tal van prikkels om een Out-of-the-box ICT-beleidsplan te schrijven. Waar willen we heen met ons onderwijs en vooral ook waarom? Sluit ook mooi aan bij een aantal voorgaande berichten.

There has been a lot of chatter lately about whether integrating technology into the classroom is having an impact on student learning. “Where is the data that justifies the millions of dollars spent on technology?” I urge you to read the September 3rd, 2011 NY Times article by Matt Richtel entitled; “In Classroom of Future, Stagnent Scores.” A fantastic article which thoughtfully pokes at many of the uncertainties regarding technolgy that school districts face today.

Many say that students can learn content without technology in the classroom, and I don’t disagree. We know this to be true because prior to technology in education students still learned and passed tests. If students can ‘succeed in school’ without technology, why are we spending so much time, energy, and money to get it into our classrooms? This is a valid question…but one that raises even more questions.

When students were succeeding in school with no technology, we were also living in a world with little technology, and preparing students for life in a world where technology wasn’t a part of their daily lives.

An excerpt from Sir Ken Robinson’s talk, “Changing Education Paradigms.”
“…The problem is they are trying to meet the future by doing what they did in the past. And on the way they are alienating millions of kids who don’t see any purpose in going to school. When we went to school we were kept there with the story, which is if you worked hard and did well and got a college degree you’d have a job. Our kids don’t believe that and they are right not to…”

When I saw Sir Ken Robinson speak at a recent NYSCATE conference he said something to the effect of, ‘Technology isn’t technology if it already existed when you were born.’ Think about it…. “Wow,” I thought. Our children are born in to this, and don’t know anything different. To our children, this is just ‘how it is.’ I am 34 years old and don’t think twice about cordless phones or wireless remotes on televisions, but I bet they were a big deal when they first came out.

Of course this will have an impact on how we educate our children. This is not like when they allowed calculators to be used in school!

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