Technology has developed so much over the past few years but how can it improve on the basic paper and pencil techniques? In my view the use of the EDA’s has given the children far more independence, confidence and enthusiasm than which the use of a pencil and paper could ever achieve.
Museums have some strengths which schools can tap into before, during and after a visit.
They can offer opportunities for first-hand learning with primary resources, cross-curricular links.
It can contribute to the creative curriculum and creative thinking.
Most museums give access to different learning styles while informing visitors about different cultures which may led to meaningful connections with the past through artefacts that relate to their own experiences.
Brian Podmore and John Rolfe testing the satellite connection
Everyone understands the importance of having basic skills in information technology but when it benefits your every day teaching and gives children a tool to express their ideas then the technology becomes priceless.
As soon as I came to grips with the EDA I knew I would never think about going on a trip without the EDA’s.
Having even only one between three means they have to work as a team making decisions about what information to collect, edit and refine their work when they are there in preparation for the follow up handiwork.
The freedom the children are given could be abused but with guidance and propose the children flourish and so does their confidence in technology
No, they didn’t, they would have had a tool that they would classify as a pencil but, the materials that they would have used would not be as sufficient as the materials that we use today in the modern pencil.