Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Bring back Logo

"Sadly, as the technology has become cheaper and more ubiquitous, its use in schools has become more cautious and pedestrian. I rarely encounter the learning renaissance or explosion of classroom creativity I experienced pre-1996. This is not an indictment of the technology, but of schools and a failure of leadership. It is not the technology that has failed, but our imagination and willingness to engage in reflective practice."

From Hard and Easy: Reflections on my ancient history in 1:1 computing
Gary Stager (Keynote speaker at ULearn in Christchurch this October.)

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Netflix on Organisational Culture

Worth a read for school leaders, just don't despair too much... From kottke.org

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

ICT Transformation?

At the recent Consortium for School Networking conference educational computing pioneer Seymour Papert was asked to explain why there has been so little [school] transformation. Papert told the crowd that their practice of verbal inflation was the major obstacle to educational innovation in the digital age. He meant the breathless rhetoric about the magical ways technology is used in classrooms, when most of those tales could not pass the “So what?” test. Conventional notions of curriculum, assessment and practice are seldom questioned, he said, and yet we have the temerity to declare, “Transformation!”

Computer-generated mind maps are presented to the community as justification for the technology investment while they represent little more than high-tech napkin scribbles or a book report outline. Wiring is mistakenly confused with innovation while we hold on with all our might to the ridiculous mythology of drill-and-practice. The only transformation in the software industry is the ever-changing collection of ways it disguises that you’ll be gonged if you get a long division problem incorrect. Integrated learning systems, classroom performance systems and adaptive instruction are clever euphemisms for turning classrooms into high-stakes game shows.

Another ICT sceptic? Read the rest by Gary Stager and see if your teachers are disabled ICT learners?

Thanks to Greg Carroll.