Firstly, a massive thank you to the many people who chose to come and see me in my session. It is such a privilege to be able to share in this way and I massively appreciate you coming to hear me talk.
In a move to stop the fetishisation of technology for technology’s sake I’ve talked a long while about the issue of focussing upon a ‘Pedagogy first’ approach to the use of technology across the curriculum. I even wrote about it in my recent free publication, ‘More Ed, Less Tech’.
The opportunity to share at the Telegraph Education Festival at Wellington was too much of a great opportunity to not share more about these ideas.
One area that I explored as you’ll see from the slides below was the area of incorporating research into good teaching and learning and applying that to how you choose to use technology. In the session I looked for example at the area of spaced learning and with that the idea of low stakes quizzing using free quizzing tools. Using technology in this ‘informed’ way is really important I feel. Not just using it to show off what is capable with the technology but focussing its use in purposeful ways, grounded in ‘what works’ and applying that to the classroom. Links to the Innovation Unit’s research into spaced learning can be found within the presentation.
Here are my slides:
Very interesting Mark. I think this argument has been made in a number of ways but you distill it well. I hope to one day actually get to one of your sessions!
I have been discussing the same principle with teachers for quite some time too. Please feel free to read my blog as your opinion is a valid one.