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'The US is placing ed tech at the heart of its education reform – the UK must follow its lead'

Discussion in 'Education news' started by TES_Rosaline, Dec 15, 2015.

  1. TES_Rosaline

    TES_Rosaline Administrator Staff Member

  2. Vince_Ulam

    Vince_Ulam Star commenter

    Ian Fordham taught for less than two years from 1996. There is no evidence that he has a clue as to what is good for British Education.
     
  3. sabrinakat

    sabrinakat Star commenter

    I'd rather my money go to pay for food, SEN/TAs and making sure every child has the equipment they need rather than focus on 'ed tech'. When a child doesn't come to school hungry or can afford the costs of a uniform, then we can use the extra money to buy into the technology dream.
     
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  4. Mangleworzle

    Mangleworzle Star commenter

    Where is the evidence that using tech makes a difference? At best it saves some money for the school, makes lots for the tech company and the results can be fudged to get the desired outcome, better still start with an entirely new system that can't be compared to what went before it.

    Might as well pay for elocution lessons on the basis that successful people are more likely to speak nicely.
     
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  5. Vince_Ulam

    Vince_Ulam Star commenter

    I'd be happy if my classes could use the pens they forget to bring.
     
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  6. JaquesJaquesLiverot

    JaquesJaquesLiverot Established commenter

  7. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    Ah more 'reform' just what education needed.
     
  8. phlogiston

    phlogiston Star commenter

    I've never really had the chance to see what a high-tech learning environment could do. I tend towards the sceptical - high tech lessons can be more about the tech than the learning. Computers can make work look neat.
     
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  9. JaquesJaquesLiverot

    JaquesJaquesLiverot Established commenter

    When I did my PGCE in the 90s there was a lot of talk about IT (as it was then) being used as the modern equivalent of "best handwriting".
     
  10. Eureka!

    Eureka! Lead commenter

    Some things could be taught magnificently by IT. For example - general knowledge could be learned by browsing a structured digital encyclopaedia. Kids could go at their own pace, test themselves with interactive quizzes and the software could keep track of where you are on various branches.

    General knowledge should replace subjects like science and history, until kids are older and want to specialise.
     
  11. zannar

    zannar New commenter

    We have such slow and intermittent broadband that it becomes impossible to teach IT effectively.
     
  12. JaquesJaquesLiverot

    JaquesJaquesLiverot Established commenter

    Really? Many of us taught IT/ICT for years before school-wide internet connections became common. What is there in either the old ICT National Curriculum or the new Computing one that requires access to the internet?
     
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  13. Mangleworzle

    Mangleworzle Star commenter

    I think there's also the question of why should we follow anything the US does in education? They seem to always be behind the UK in just about any measure that is used.

    The driver for this is to attempt to save money on teachers salaries by replacing some % with an electronic device even though teaching is best done by an actual teacher.

    I can see a two tier system arising, those who can afford it will get teachers, those who can't will get a "good enough for them" software suite.
     
  14. wanet

    wanet Star commenter

    This is becoming less and less true I'm afraid. The same arguement might have been put forward by silk weavers, but the Jacquard Loom displaced many. I think that this also might be inevitable. I think, although no one admitted it, that this was why a lot of money was spent on IT. Since I retired I have taught my self a huge amount of new things / skills, using electronic systems.
     
  15. Mangleworzle

    Mangleworzle Star commenter

    Me too, but mainly because I don't know anyone to show me or a course to go on. I would have learned more quickly with a teacher on hand.
     
  16. wanet

    wanet Star commenter

    Possibly, in some cases, with one to one tuition, but I suspect that if I had been one of 30, then it would be slower.
     

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