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A relentless ex-teacher, ex-senior leader, education consultant and award winning blogger who pursues excellence in education. He likes to describe himself as provocateur but really he’s just a consultant. Albeit a high risk one. He’s written some books too and you can find out more about him on his Learning Spy blog.
What place, if any, has technology got in education?
There are perhaps two distinct roles for Technology in education. Firstly, it should support learning. Secondly, there may be a valid need to teach pupils how to understand and best use technology. But it shouldn’t be an end in itself. I’ve kinda gone full circle on this – I’ve tried using iPads in the classrooms and find them, on balance, a pain in the arse! The more dependent a lesson is on technology, there more likely it is to go wrong. I’m generally happier with a white board and a marker.
What’s your favourite edtech tool for learning and why?
What are your thoughts on students using mobile devices in the classroom?
I’m looking forward to publishing the next #threequestions responses tomorrow. If you have any comments for David, I’d love to hear from you below.
Thanks for reading!
Interesting post, thanks. But as a newbie PGCE student, what is a ‘visualiser’? Do you have any examples? Cheers!
A visualiser is a portable device that allows you to project a piece of student work on the main board via your projector. You can do this more simply using an iPad and AirPlay, in my opinion.
Aha – thanks for the reply – been doing some reasearch on visualisers (or document cameras as the say in the US) and I think that might be what I do my PGCE prenestation task on! Thanks for the heads up!
(BTW- Well done in the Technology & Innotivation Awards 🙂 )