Which technologies do learners use?

Today I have been at the JISC RSC-EM summer conference where the focus was ‘the learners voice’. In the opening presentation by Chris Hill, he played various video clips of different learners voices, and one set of such clips asked the learners what technologies they used.

The responses were along the lines of facebook, MSN (although a few said this was declining), mobile phones and games consols.

Although not a suprising set of responses it does raise a few thoughts;

All of the listed technologies are victims of institutional banning!

Interesting that none mentioned a VLE or eportfolio, tools that many claim are at the heart of learning!

All of these technologies are not complicated, or expensive for a college to use.

So have we in education tried to be too clever with our use of technology developing overly complex solutions to problems that didn’t exist? should we take a few steps back and focus on basics (like using the existing technologies well)?

In another video clip where the learner was asked what they wanted from their teachers the answer was ‘to learn how to use PowerPoint and Word properly’ -which has been my arguement for years.

One Response

  1. I watched a few of your tweets coming out of #efair with interest. Same old predictable story really – that’s not a bad thing as you say. It should highlight to us that there is a need to consolidate the use of existing and readily available technology, and maybe harness that which we keep outside the classroom doors.

    Your post brought my thoughts back to the scratched record of staff training. If schools want technology to be used well they must commit to a rich training programme for teachers. Time must be given – directed – on a regular basis, respecting the fact that we want teachers to embrace good tech in the classroom. IMO it’s a management issue. Headteacher’s must heed the call. Teaching is changing because learners are changing. It doesn’t need to be radical – just high on the agenda of strategic planning.

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