Phillip Callill, President of the Victorian IT Teachers Association, explained how we are in the pioneering stage of technology in education. We are only starting to learn and teach in a very different way. It is a continuum of increasing capability, informed by successes and failures. To teach with technology well, is about the pedagogy driving the experience. This comes back to teacher training. It is about more than just developing skills. Anthony Funnell summed it up nicely right at the beginning of the podcast in saying:
Technology doesn't educate people. PEOPLE educate people.
At the end of the day, it wont be technology that transforms education. It will be teachers, and how they leverage technology alongside many other considerations to maximise and contemporise learning opportunities for their students. There needs to be an equal amount of scepticism and belief about what technology can achieve. Equally so, the understanding that technology will not have any substantial impact unless it is implemented well and with purpose.
Hello, thanks for stopping by! I am Laura Bain and this is my reflective blog for ESC515. This is my 4th subject in my Masters of Education, in which I am specialising in Information and Communication Technologies. Very excited by the coursework for this subject and looking forward to reading what everyone's thoughts are along the way. Thanks for taking the time to visit and reading my entries.