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Are schools stuck in an 80s view of ICTs?

Posted by jturner56 on August 7, 2008

80s view of ICTs in school

  1. decision-making is hierarchical
  2. power lies in whoever controls the machines
  3. machine budgets come first, support resources come second, learning objectives (might) come third), professional evaluation – forget it
  4. change ownership is segmented
  5. it is primarily a resource issue (over issues of learning)
  6. it is up to the individual teachers to make sense of ICTs for teaching and learning
  7. it is about teacher direction
  8. teacher support is a resource issue, rather than an inclusive relationship issue
  9. ICT education is didactic, with students passive receivers of choices made elsewhere
  10. the value of any learning is decreed by exam regurgitation
  11. teachers who as little as possible with ICTs are valued as much as those who risk, extend and try to make educational sense.
  12. reputations are made on ICT fads, cultural embedding is just too hard

sad, but true ????

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One Response to “Are schools stuck in an 80s view of ICTs?”

  1. An interesting observation John. I particularly like the notion that the person who controls the machines has the power! And that learning comes somewhere down the track on the continuum!
    I am hopeful that this is starting to turn around …slowly. I am seeing a shift in attitudes which is ever so pleasing.
    Helen

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