Judging from the deafening silence, my previous post has left the subscribers godsmacked… or bored to tears. But I will persever.
A Curriculum for Excellence will require pupils to have time to work on their own or in teams. Projects cannot be teacher dominated. So somewhere in the school day time must be set aside for these activities. One solution is to provide all classrooms with the necessary technology. This technology provides the motivation, the research facilities, the editing capability and the publishing incentives all of which are documented daily by John Johnston, Ewan McIntosh, David Noble and others here in Scotland and many more across the Atlantic. But every classroom does not have the necessary hardware. You will notice that I do not specify this hardware as, over time, this may well change. In fact, most classrooms will not be so equipped in the foreseeable future.
All I am suggesting is that in secondary schools there is actually adequate hardware if it is redeployed. As a computing teacher I cannot really defend the hogging of the bulk of the hardware in a a school by two or three departments. In fact, I might dare to suggest that these subjects might be better taught if pupils did not always sit in front of computers in every lesson.