There’s a bottom line in teaching – the things we must absolutely teach, no matter what. I’m questioning whether digital literacies should be part of it.
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Plenty of schools use iPads. But what if the entire education experience were offered via tablet computer? That is what several new schools in the Netherlands plan to do. There will be no blackboards or schedules.
As such, the school day never really ends. Pupils are welcome to keep working on their iPads at home, on weekends or on vacation. But as much as the program offers freedom and continuity, it also comes with a substantial monitoring component. The iPad keeps teachers and parents constantly informed about what children are doing, what they have learned and how they are progressing. If a math app is neither enjoyable nor successful, the teacher simply orders another one. The supply of educational programs never runs dry in Apple's online app store.
Not Truly Relevant
Arithmetic, reading skills and text comprehension are the core subjects in the elementary school. Good handwriting has been downgraded to a secondary skill, nice for industrious pupils but not truly relevant.
Every six weeks, teachers, children and parents decide together what is to be achieved in the next learning period. To do so, they meet at school or virtually via Skype. The era of the 10-minute parent-teacher meeting once a year is a thing of the past in the Steve Jobs schools.
No big difference from the Montessori philosophy that is quite common place in Dutch school system.
Curious about the number of students per teacher ratio and the lack of frontier between school and home (re. "the school day never really ends")
A Gréasque, les deux classes Culture Numérique et les élèves de CM2 de l’Ecole de Gréasque participent au développement d’une application pour tablettes et smartphones qui servira à guider le public (y compris les non voyants) à travers Gréasque. Il s’agira d’une découverte du village sous des aspects historiques, géographiques, culturels, artistiques, géologiques, botaniques et poétiques.
Via ludovia magazine
une chouette expérience !
L'Education nationale veut se mettre à l'heure d'Internet. C'est l'un des chantiers du ministre Vincent Peillon. Et il y a du boulot.
L'Education nationale dans son ensemble n'a pas fait le grand saut du 2.0. Aux Etats-Unis par exemple, près de la moitié des classes de primaire disposent de tableaux numériques contre un peu plus de 10% en France. Et selon plusieurs rapports (OCDE, Haut conseil de l'éducation) la France accuse un certain retard en termes d'équipements technologiques.
With more than a million iPads in schools, teachers and students are enthusiastic about the technology, but tablet use in classroom brings about new problems.
Problem #1 Not enough dollars to purchase content
Problem #2 Input ( entering responses in to a tablet can be awkward.)
Problem #3 Monitoring use (some educators are worried about how to handle a classroom full of independent learners.)
Other problems expressed buy educators
With more than half of those surveyed selecting “no budget” as their biggest complaint about using tablets in the classroom, educators noted other issues as well, though in much smaller percentages:17% of respondents answered: Don’t know how to evaluate or guide kids in their tablet use16% answered: Don’t understand how applications integrate into my lesson plans8% answered: Don’t know how to get applications/e-books7% answered: Applications/e-books aren’t educational enough7%: The technology is confusing22% filled in the “other” form with comments, mostly about monitoring tablet use.
A smart list with problem #1 being a recurring problem in many countries (e.g. France)... schools often get a budget to buy the hardware but don't get any money left for content!!