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Helping those who are amazing teachers but "don't have time" to learn ICT

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Started by Andrew 13 Jun 2011 1:34pm () Replies (5)

Teachers among us who find ICT a challenge need someone (doesn't matter who...could be another teacher that they choose, or a teacher's aide or the caretaker,or....) that they feel they can ask over and over and over again the same old questions.

The helper must be calm (not like me), positive, not too clever... or fast, they must be patient (not like me) and persistant.

Also helps if you buy iPads and let the kids get into it. Then teachers have to have them. ANd they don't require as much work.

Hmmm, also those (reluctant ICT) teachers have to be prepared to give up some control of the universe and let there be exploration .... yes that is a hard thing to give up.


Experince with ICT does take time and play and frustration and exploration and being prepared to get it all wrong!


  • Tessa Gray (View all users posts) 14 Jun 2011 11:08am ()

    What another great debate! Yes control control control! Who wants to look silly when the technology doesn't work? Who wants to lose control of class behaviour - when the technical issues occur? And who doesn't want to be responsible or 'in control' of their students' learning?

    When I worked with teachers, I would ask them how often the students would have access to computers and why? Amongst other things they responded with:

    • Before/after school
    • During breaks
    • When they finished their work
    • As a reward

    So I used a concentric circle diagram originally introduced by *Dr Julia Atkin. Here I asked teachers what their core values and beliefs about teaching and learning were and how they saw their role in the classroom. Most teachers felt responsible for learning for almost all parts of the day and that the computer was a distraction and an interruption.


    So, as well as unpacking the issues of time, control and technical frustrations, we may need to unpack teacher beliefs about constructivism and what this could look like with the use of e-learning tools.

    Julia’s diagram enables individuals or schools to articulate a fundamental belief about learning, built on the principles of effective e-learning theory while the practices part of the diagram is a way to brainstorm possible processes and methodologies for enabling this to come to fruition.

    *Dr Julia Aitkin From Values and Beliefs about Learning

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