The video below shows Sir Ken Robinson, an expert in creativitiy and education, talking about technologies in schools today.
Children today are growing up in a world where technology is everywhere. This technology is not exciting to them as it might be for us, as it is a part of their world and they don’t know what it’s like to live without it.
As a result, children today:
“The goal with using technology in education is not simply to use technology to reproduce things we COULD already do without it, but to find entirely new ways to do things that we COULD NOT do without it. So while using [tablets] to take notes, read books and look things up online are all worthwhile and valid uses, the really powerful learning will come from getting the students to interact with data, ideas and skills that could not be previously done without them” (chrisbetcher.com).
Technology can help children today prepare for tomorrow’s world. A child starting Kindergarten in 2016, providing they remain at school until Year 12, will not finish until the year 2028. There is no way of knowing what jobs will require of them at that time in such a rapidly changing world. 20 years ago the job of “App developer” was not an option and now apps are being created in high school electives. This technology combined with excellent pedagogy should assist in preparing students with the necessary skills to prepare them for the challenges of tomorrow. These skills include, but are not limited to:
With mobile technology and online learning platforms, such as Edmodo and Google Apps, it makes it easier to adapt classroom environments to cater for more learning styles.
It has become apparent to most school communities that a new approach to the funding of Information and Communication Technologies within schools is required. The previous model of funding upgrades through a combination of levies and fund raising has proved to be unsustainable for most communities.
The BYOD program will enable schools to better direct their resources to supporting Information and Communication Technology through Staff Professional Development and more reliable infrastructure.