iPads make time for learning: ICT across the curriculum
As we move from teaching ICT as a discreet subject, and develop ICT across the curriculum, we begin to depend upon technology to support the curriculum.
Historically, ICT has always been problematic. It’s never really quite delivered for the average user. ICT has been sold as a way of saving time, or making things easier but this hasn’t really come through to fruition. For sure, ICT can save time, and can make things easier however in order for it to do this, there needs to be a huge investment of time, by the teacher to get to grips with the latest piece of hardware or software. Some do, some will devote a lot of time to making something work, but many don’t. Many fall at the first hurdle. Often through no fault of their own, simply because the IT infrastructure was not in place, or enough CPD was provided to keep staff moving until they could do it for themselves. Whilst intentions have been good, how much time do teachers and learners spend navigating their way through a complex networked folder structure to save and retrieve their work? How many times has a teacher not been able to add in piece of software to their teachers toolkit, because the ICT technician can’t install it on this visit, and it will have to wait for the next fortnightly tech support visit? (Heaven forbid a teacher might be able to install software onto the network!)
As I have witnessed the development of iPads, I am seeing a sort of democratisation of ICT. Things are easy with an iPad. Time isn’t wasted in the classroom, as children load the resources they need for a presentation, be it a music file, or a photograph, or text from notes they had been making directly from the iPad. No searching, or complex folders to find that elusive resource. The thing about the iPad, is the work is all there, on the device. Simple.
As for teachers loading apps, onto the iPad. Anyone can do that! No experience necessary!
My very favourite part though is watching children leading on the ICT. Teachers can’t be an expert in every domain. Those who give the pupils the freedom to use the technology don’t waste time grappling with computers, but maximise their time teaching their subject or topic.
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