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Why should we use computers in our schools?

Why should we use computers in our schools?
Jo Blannin



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  • Apple II computer in the 80s. Taught as a subject, if you wanted to get into computing as a career…
  • Old metal toys
  • No helmts
  • No sunscreen
  • Drink from hose, no water shortages
  • Walk to shops alone
  • Being sent to your room was a bad thing!
  • Bugs bunny was hi tech
  • Vhs rental was all we knew
  • First cell phones
  • Tethered remote control
  • First cds? Or records?
  • This was research
  • Handwritten essays
  • Teachers held the answers and let you know them when they thought you were ready
  • We taught how to find info using the dewey decimal system.
  • That means giving students an education that provides training, support and experiences in managing online resources, tools and their digital footprint
  • Notice that in these pictures, handwriting and hand on materials are still being used. This is not replaced, social interactions are important to learning and collaboration online and off are necessary for learning….

Preparing our students for their future Preparing our students for their future Presentation Transcript

  • Preparing Students for Their Future…..©JBlannin2010
  • Remember when….?©JBlannin2010
  • This was the ‘TECHNOLOGY’ we had – mechanical technology…. ©JBlannin2010
  • Spending time with friends was face-to-face… ©JBlannin2010
  • Sunscreen wasn’t seen as necessary! ©JBlannin2010
  • We didn’t have major environmental concerns…. ©JBlannin2010
  • We were allowed out to wander and roam, alone… ©JBlannin2010
  • Being sent to our rooms was a bad thing – it was boring, there was nothing much to do there…. ©JBlannin2010
  • Bugs Bunny was the height of entertainment… ©JBlannin2010
  • We were very excited when VHS and Betamax videos meant we could choose when to watch movies and cartoons…. ©JBlannin2010
  • Mobile phones were introduced You could only make phone calls, No texting No surfing No apps…©JBlannin2010
  • Remote Control Technology wasn’t wireless yet…. ©JBlannin2010
  • Music and radio weren’t portable, we couldn’t share easily… ©JBlannin2010
  • At School, textbooks were taken as FACT.Information was more static – books were updated yearly at most We were told what facts to believe, and what textbooks to read ©JBlannin2010
  • All our work was handwrittenWe knew that we would be judged largely on presentation A pen was our most important tool for communication ©JBlannin2010
  • We knew that teachers held all the knowledge we needed They decided when/how we would learnLearning was linear – you’ve learnt this, now you have to learn that…. ©JBlannin2010
  • Research meant only using the library: •Index cards •The Dewey Decimal System •Librarians… ©JBlannin2010
  • But…..our education worked fine for us,Why shouldn’t it work for our children??? ©JBlannin2010
  • Because their future is very different …. ©JBlannin2010
  • School 2.0For the first time in history, we’re preparing kids for a future that we cannot clearly describe. ©JBlannin2010
  • But what we can do is teach students to:•Make the best use of online resources•Match the right tool to a task•Validate references and sources•Manage their digital footprint•Interact safely online ©JBlannin2010
  • One to One Netbooks for Learning:Join us on the journey to prepare YOUR child for THEIR future… ©JBlannin2010