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A 'thinkpiece' about the potential contribution of modern technologies to leaning:
Making ICT / modern technologies work smarter to achieve more for less
Schools and academies face increasing challenge as global and national economic and social change occurs. More than ever before, information and rapid communication are key factors driving the pace of change. Central to this new phenomenon is the widespread and comprehensive use of modern technologies – mobile phones, computers, internet, social networks, etc.
How far are we looking positively at this revolution in communications to harness the power of modern technologies to raise standards?
For school and academy leaders, as for other professionals and citizens, the adoption of new ways of thinking and working is complex and fraught with risk. Yet, schools and academies are in the strongest position ever to reap the benefit of cost-effective use of ICT infrastructure, staff competencies and student familiarity. ICT and other modern technologies have the potential to have a huge impact on improving learning and outcomes.
It is clear that the very best performing schools and academies harness the power of modern technologies to unleash the potential of the learner – and that includes staff! While the face to face impact of the teacher with students remains crucial for effective learning, young people are quick to master the skills of technological engagement and learn independently through that medium. However, what sources they engage with, what and how effectively they learn is largely of their making – unless they are suitably guided.
Very often, media broadcast negative images of young people using modern technologies. That’s not new – in the late 1960’s the cry was that electronic calculators would ruin mathematical education (forgetting that log books and slide rules were ‘modern inventions’ at one stage). Then we saw the nay-sayers denigrating the popularity of digital games (research now tells us that surgeons can develop fine motor skills so crucial in delicate surgery through playing games). It is true that mobile phones can be used for cyber-bullying, and it is also true that the very same devices can be used to stop bullying.
Now is the time to revisit the role of modern technologies in the lives of our young people, to find ways to help them use devices in socially acceptable ways and to boost their learning – engagement and achievement. Now is the time for schools and academies to invest in more cost-effective ways, so that their ICT infrastructure earns it’s keep. Now is the time to be bold, creative and confident. Now is the time to learn from the best and help our young people, who Mark Prensky dubs ‘digital natives’, reap the benefit of living in a technological, information-rich and highly communicative age.
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