Minding the gap
Many teachers would agree that technology works best when it is embedded into the learning experience, where it can be used to extend, enrich or enliven learning. I had several conversations with those who bemoaned the fact that schools tend to buy new technology because someone has seen something new and interesting at a show such as BETT and then, when it arrives, they don't really know what to do with it. So the expensive technology gets stored away in a cupboard, gathering dust, or worse, ends up being used in the classroom just because it's there. Such use often distracts from learning, and my advice would be: if technology adds nothing useful to learning, it shouldn't be used at all. So teachers should be wary when they wander around trade shows. They should not be seduced by shiny new ideas or tools. They should ask the question: what can this idea/technology add to my students' learning that I can't do right now? If the answer is nothing, then they should move on - that technology is not for them. So watch the gap - or make sure your use of technology is so seamless and essential, that there is no gap there at all.
Photo by Lars Henriksen at the BETT Show
You are what you tweet by Steve Wheeler was written in London, England and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.