The Ict Disconnect In Our Schools


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Has the brave vision of the digital revolution materialised in your classroom? 6 ways to bridge the gap between vision and reality.

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The Ict Disconnect In Our Schools

  1. 1. The ICT disconnect in our schools The elephant in the corner of the room
  2. 2. Where is the digital revolution? • The promise: – high engagement – deep learning – real world connections – critical thinking – powerful networks • The reality: – slow uptake – hardware hassles – safety concerns – diluted learning – significant expense
  3. 3. • Baby-boomers – technology as a necessary evil – learn via instruction and following patterns – grew up in an era when people asked “do you have the phone on at home?” – rule followers, not rule breakers – they ask “what was wrong with the way we were doing things?” Who is delivering tech-mediated learning?
  4. 4. • Generation Y – no such thing as technology – learn via goal-directed play and via relationships – grew up in an era when people asked “why do you have the phone on at home?” – Only follow the rules they can rationalise – they ask “why should I do it your way?” Who is receiving tech-mediated learning?
  5. 5. How can we be ready for Gen Z?
  6. 6. 1. Teacher self-concept 2. Real student engagement 3. Managing the reality of hardware 4. Managing the risks 5. Training time, training budget 6. A good reason for using ICT The issues
  7. 7. • Build clever teams:Build clever teams: – Project focused, mixed ability,Project focused, mixed ability, well resourced, clear parameterswell resourced, clear parameters • Celebrate small successesCelebrate small successes • Show and tellShow and tell • CertificatesCertificates • FoodFood 1. Teacher self-concept
  8. 8. 2. Real student engagement
  9. 9. • Gen Y approach – Real world problem with a clear rationale – Range of tools available – Quality, ethical instruction – Working together – Goal-oriented play – Fast, colourful with built-in rewards – - let them create the media 2. Real Student Engagement
  10. 10. • Nothing is simple • Nothing is cheap • Every decision must move the school towards its strategic goal • Use the support available • Under promise and over deliver 3. Managing the reality of Hardware
  11. 11. • Acceptable Use Procedures!! Test and review • Communicate with parents regularly • Educate parents and teachers • Change classroom teacher behaviour 4. Managing the risks
  12. 12. • Never enough time! • Project based or not at all • In house experts • Give and take • iPods – anywhere – anytime • (smc_professional) 5. Training Time – Training Budget
  13. 13. • Match strategies to outcomes and to kids • Don’t shift delivery methods – shift thinking • Broader audience for review and affirmation • Collaboration with experts (skype, blog) • Critical writing and response (interschool blog) • Quality research (not google search) • Manage learning over time (google docs,, wiki, e-portfolio) 6. A good reason
  14. 14. There is a gulf which is widening between teachers and their students as their worlds drift apart. Situating learning and assessment within a student’s world is a first step to bridging that gulf. Presenting a research task as a PowerPoint show is not part of the answer. 6. A good reason
  15. 15. not a luxury…