For most of the summer, I have been attempting to assemble my thoughts about changing the way we teach. I have not found it easy to create anything coherent and readable so am going to post a series of smaller articles aimed at particular topics.
SSDN or Glow as it is now called will give the opportunity for Scotland’s teachers to re-assess their practice. However my post about this on the Masterclass site has so far not caused the slightest ripple. There is an article on futurelab which pulls together much to support the need for change and Clarence Fisher did start a wiki on change which has not really flourished.
In spite of this I think that technology be it Web 2.0, or in a few years Web 3.0 or whatever will not of itself make any difference to Learning and Teaching unless what actually happens in classrooms changes. In some senses the changes are necessary anyway and are only facilitated by new technologies.
The first issue is one of time. Any teacher anywhere in the world will say they do not have enough time for the existing syllabus let alone adding anything to it. Time is linked to resources. Students must have time in class organised for them to take advantage of what technology offers.
Simplistically most secondary schools in Scotland have a ratio of at most five students to one computer. Doing the Maths tells me that all students could spend 20% of their time using a computer in school, assuming all computers were readily available. How many students actually get regular access to a computer at all? Assuming, teachers let students spend 20% of their time using computers, then teachers have 20% less class teaching time. How do we square the circle?