The recent BBC Panorama program about the shocking state of support for school spending decisions across the nation has sparked a lot of debate. At the same time there is a lot of concern about how to get the best improvements in teaching and learning from ICT.
Nesta have just produced their report ‘Decoding Learning’ which provides clear examples of good practice in this area and will add to the discussion.
Geoff Mulgan, Nesta chief executive, said:
A tablet replacing an exercise book is not innovation – it’s just a different way to make notes. There’s incredible potential for digital technology in and beyond the classroom: but as in other fields, from healthcare to retail, it is vital to rethink how learning is organised if we’re to reap the rewards.
The danger is that the technology of the 21st century is being applied using teaching methods of the 20th. The emphasis is too often on shiny hardware – rather than how it’s to be used.
The ‘Third Millenium Learning’ awards that are managed by Naace are seen as a really practical way of engaging with this developing agenda.