Edtech questions

We probably do still need to ask ourselves  the questions Paul Hamilton is posing. His video is high on the visual literacy elements because as he is hand writing and drawing we can take in the information easily. Moving text works. Visual focus works. In that sense he has taught us already how to look at presentation methodology. I can remember my Latin teacher berating me in front of the class for daring to use a biro for my bookwork. I had to be very careful as I tried to get her to agree to let me show her the brand new self filling fountain pen my parents had just given me for my birthday. It really was cutting edge but the writing did not look like the usual fountain pen writing. Once I showed her she actually was good enough to say sorry and be pleased to know about this new pen of mine. In many ways we are at that stage again. Teachers and students need to work together to find the best classroom technology because there is so much to know, so many choices in terms of devices, operating systems, technique, applications, software and approach. We do need to keep coming back to the question of whether we have the right tool for the job or the best tool…and sometimes the acceptable tool for a given situation. I had to use a pencil for rough work in a rough book and a fountain pen for neat work in my neat book. I had to draw a margin with a sharp red pencil.  It was that simple.Those were the requirements at that time in that place. The video gives us a good set of questions that we need to come back to from time to time in a school year. What exactly do we want technology to achieve and how do we want to use it and what do we want our students to be able to take with them as they leave school? Our new ACARA ICT national standards in education in Australia has mapped a lot of that for us in terms of the general capabilities until year 10. What about the senior years for all students and what about beyond the curriculum capabilities?


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