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Dughall McCormick

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Transcript of Personalisation

Get Personal with ICT
Dughall McCormick
When I was ten...
Students today can't prepare bark to calculate
their problems. They depend on their slates which are more expensive. What will they do when slate is dropped and it breaks? They will be unable to write!
Teachers Conference, 1703
Students today depend on paper too much. They
don't know how to write on a slate without getting chalk dust all over themselves. They can't clean a slate properly. What will they do when they run out of paper?
Principal's Publication, 1815
Students today depend too much upon ink.
They don't know how to use a pen knife to sharpen a pencil. Pen and ink will never replace the pencil.
National Assoc. Teachers Journal, 1907
Students today depend upon store bought ink. They don't know how to make their own. When they run out of ink they will be unable to write words or ciphers until their next trip to the settlement. This is a sad commentary on modern education.
Rural American Teacher, 1928
Students today depend on these expensive fountain pens. They can no longer write with a straight pen and nib. We parents must not allow them to wallow in such luxury to the detriment of learning how to cope in the real business world which is not so extravagant.
PTA Gazette, 1941
Ball point pens will be the ruin of education in our country. Students use these devices and throw them away. The American values of thrift and frugality are being discarded. Businesses and banks will never allow such expensive luxuries.
Federal Teachers, 1950
This is the point. One technology doesn't replace another, it complements. Books are no more threatened by Kindle than stairs by elevators.
Stephen Fry (via Twitter), 11th March 2009
So what is the reality for today's learners?
Reflection: How do you use technology to learn? What could you not do without? Why?
To whom were these questions addressed B.G?
Scary Mary
Pupils use of the internet at home (UK)
Doing homework 90%
Playing games 70%
Made a website 34%
Voted for something online 22%
Visited a site for hobby 40%
Posted pics or stories 17%
So, what are kids doing while we're not looking?
Writing in the US
47% of teen bloggers write outside of school for personal reasons several times a week, compared to 33% of teens without blogs.
65% of teen bloggers say that writing is essential to later success in life (53%).
Research by Terry Freedman and Miles Berry (2008)
(985 responses children aged 7-18)
Reasons for being online
Rank Order:
Learn new things
Do homework together with friends
Play games
Today (or tomorrow)?
Broadclyst Primary
New Line Academy
A Glimpse at the Future...
A Personalised Experience
Reflection: What will your school be like in 5 years time?
Ask Chris Woodhead, Sunday Times 2.3.09

Computers – the curse of too many primary schools

We recently visited the primary school of our youngest granddaughter to see an art exhibition. The event meant we had to go round most of the classrooms and the hall. I was appalled to see banks of computers all over the place. I thought school, at least at the primary stage, was about learning the fundamentals of reading, writing and numbers, not using advanced machines. The personal computer has given us rapid access to so many fields of work and learning but surely they are just as misplaced in a primary school today as slide rules, log tables, calculators and typewriters would have been in the 1940s. Am I totally wrong in my thinking on this subject?

John McWhan, Cheshire
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