‘Teachers can give technology byte’

Interesting article in the Herald today.

These two quotes are particularly noteworthy.

‘….we are behaving as though we are at the end of the digital revolution and not at the beginning of it.’
Of course, with the well-funded and structured support systems, both of the technical and learning, since the election of the Rudd Federal government, the revolution has gained more than mere media exposure. I assure you the revolution was going on before the political intrusion and will continue as the funding and support structure is dismantled at Federal and State levels. The revolution is more of an evolution, the evolution to new technologies and the learning that co-exists with the new soft or hard ware will continue at a rapid place.
Why? The work place desires these skills. Yes, education is a factor in our economy.
Why? Those teachers and leaders who still desire to engage learners, rather than just instruct students in successful examination preparation value that the mixture of quality technology and learning is good practice. There needs to be a balance between externally assessed pen and paper examinations and the need to innovate, to help create problem solving skills, to seek originality and creativity, to build communication skills of teams of young people.
‘There is little difference between an old-style overhead projector and a data projector if what is being displayed on them is the same.’

Couldn’t have said it better myself.
Read the whole article here:
My response: Letter to Editor, SMH. 
A timely article by Greg Whitby (Teachers can give technology byte, Monday March 18) with the dismantling of the Federally funded one-to-one devices available as a part of the digital education revolution in public schools for the last five years.

It should be noted that every area is in a digital revolution. Think of your doctor’s surgery twenty years ago and today. Think of your car mechanic’s tools twenty years ago and today. If those highly skilled individuals didn’t use technology to enhance their job, people would find one who did.

Despite the revolution, education is filled with front line teachers who refuse to embrace and adapt to society.

I do wonder if it is because teachers are routinely instructed to ‘go back to basics’.