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Motivating teachers to move beyond the blackboard

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Started by Enabling e-Learning 14 Jun 2011 9:00am () Replies (1)

You voted for this as the top question in last week's poll:

How do leaders motivate their teachers to use ICT effectively to improve student achievement and not just use ICT as a digital blackboard?

Scott McLeod recently wrote that he thought the new 2011 K-12 Horizon Report might be interpreted a little too optimisticly in its trumpeting of the integration of technology and teaching. He wrote:

"Here’s what I think we have seen instead: mainstream adoption and growth of replicative technologies (i.e., those that allow teachers to mirror traditional educational practices only with more bells and whistles). These are what Hughes, Thomas, & Scharber (2006) would call technology as replacement or, perhaps, technology as amplification. Replicative technologies include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • interactive whiteboards (which replicate chalkboards or dry erase boards);
  • student response systems, aka “clickers” (which replicate multiple choice worksheets or student lap boards);
  • use of digital projectors to show students teacher-created PowerPoint slides (which replicates overhead projectors);
  • showing of teacher-selected online videos (which replicates DVD/VHS players);
  • student use of pre-selected or filtered web sites to do ‘research’ (which replicates encyclopedias and pre-selected sets of learning materials from libraries);
  • content management systems such as Blackboard or Moodle (which, again, the teachers create and the students mostly consume)..."_ [Read the full post...2011 K-12 Horizon Report: Too Optimistic?]

Firstly, let's define the issue. In your contexts as leaders in your schools, how often you see examples of the kinds of things Scott is discussing? Is he right?

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