Tuesday, February 12, 2008

One in five

garden centre #1
This e-government bulletin draws attention to the suggestion that only one in five primary and secondary schools in the UK make full use of new technology. We know technology is under-used, and that access and connectivity are limited, but it makes one wonder how full use could be defined. Nevertheless, the headline provides an opportunity for Becta to launch a new initiative – next generation learning. The front page of this is interesting in the way that it foregrounds improving teaching (learning platforms), driving up standards (interactive whiteboards), and saving time (recording and analyzing student achievement) – clearly playing along with the old standards agenda which has held sway over this generation’s learning - nothing about harnessing the power of social networking, transforming learning, or critical media literacy. ...

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