Every child connected

Seems our cousins across the other side of the pond are having similar problems to us, at least in their schools. This post from Mike Hasley's Election 2008 blog says it all:

Instead of “No Child Left Behind,” our goal should be “Every Child Connected.” The digital divide in our country is worse than it was 10 years ago before our schools were wired. Most public schools still have students visiting computers only for a few hours a week in computer labs. With every major corporation in the world connecting its customers, employees, and suppliers, to 24-hour networks regardless of whether they are using computers, cell phones, PDA’s, etc. providing them access to massive data resources, there is no reason we can’t build a similar networked ability for our students, teachers, and parents 24 hours a day to access the greatest libraries of the world. This will accelerate the professional development of teachers to use the new technology as well as transform education from being something that happens primarily only in school buildings into an ongoing process that facilitates learning moments happening wherever and whenever possible.

The Who released a song with the lyrics: 'Meet the New Boss, same as the Old Boss'. This is certainly true in the UK this week with Brown replacing Blair.... and we all got fooled again. It might also, sadly, be true for the USA next year, at least in terms of policy if not gender....


Neil J said…
I agree, (ICT use in primary schools especially) is way back in the stone ages. Apart from IWB's there hasn't been much improvement in most schools over the last years.

I saw a year 6 child still using the 'woodpecker method to type', and no wonder pressured teachers don't use much - no work gets done.

Children need to be introduced to ICT at a young age so they are confident with it later on in primary school.

Or is it bad to introduce them to ICT too young??

myself said…
Thanks for the spot. It's sad that of the 18 presidential nominees, none are talking about geater broadband access or technology for students. Of course, the flip side of that is if they were talking about another program for our schools, I'd probably want to run from it.

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