The only certainty in life is change and the change is happening faster and faster. Many conference keynote speakers start with a trip through the ‘old days’ and it’s not that long ago – can you remember when the ‘must have’ console was the Wii? – that was 2006.
Teachers of ICT are acutely aware of this and it presents us with a constant stream of challenges. This is why it’s essential to have a clear handle on what it is we want the children to learn rather than focussing on either the hardware or the software (this isn’t the same as knowing ‘about’ hardware and software).
My own list of change frustration would include:
- Windows8 – I use my desktop for all serious work, I don’t want a touch interface (I think)
- iGoogle – I’ve spent ages getting my iGoogle sorted and have a home page that REALLY works for me. Now it’s going.
- iPhone5 – Not another new docking connector surely – Due for launch in October? – maybe
- The curriculum – don’t get me started