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  1. David Ardley
    November 27, 2017 @ 12:55 am

    An interesting read Laurie that flags some key and useful points – particularly for me as I’ve been using MED (mobile Electronic Devices) in my teaching for 25 years now. I think it’s important to note that internationally, mobile phones (cells) have been around for nearly 20 years in schools and mobile technology (laptops) are 31 years old in schools this year (Melbourne Grammar Girls in Australia actually pioneered the first one to one laptop scheme 27 years ago).

    My first experience of working in a fully lap-topped school (everyone aged 4-18 had a laptop) was at the International School of Toulouse in France back in 1999 when wif-fi was available via Air-port on Mac. 3D printing has been around for 20 years (forgetting the glue gun when moved with your hand which is 40 years old… 🙂 ) and i a technology that has been in many schools for over a decade (the first one I bought in a school was in 2007).

    My point is – this stuff is not new. Its mainstream in many places around the globe so expectation in schools is high. Many youngsters use more MED based resourceing via their phones nowadays than teachers and parents do.

    The big question is this: How do we form a partnership between parents and schools that allows students to embrace and use the technology available to them whilst educating those parents/staff/students on how to use it safely and appropriately in, and away from, school (E-Safety)? The biggest hindrance can be leadership/parents who experience a problem and want to ‘ban’ it’s use as a consequence. If one child falls off a bike do we collect in all the bikes in the district just in case it happens again? Er, no…we don’t.

    We need to educate more than just the children with regard to digital education. Thanks for helping me to think more about the subject again 🙂

    Dave

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