This week I have had an article on the use of Mobile Technoloiges in schools published in SecED, the full article can be read here. From reading the article you can probably guess that I am passionate about securing high quality learning outcomes for students using whatever means are appropriate. Often this can be through the use of technology, not that owned and presented to the students by the school, but the very devices students know and use every day. I work with many schools and still get frustrated when I go into schools where students own devices are seen never to be seen or heard, worse still – banned from being on site altogether. There are still many senior leaders who do not understand the power and benefits of the technologies and a lack of confidence and understanding secures an easy decision being made, one of blocking the technologies and their use. We need to get a grip on reality as educators and realise that these devices are an embedded and intrinsic part of society for our younger generation.
So many schools use technology in a way that gives them the latest gimmick or fad, but does it really have a deep impact on learning outcomes for students? Use of these technologies needs to be led by the curriculum and meaningful learning outcomes. Visions and strategies need to be developed off the back of developing pedagogy and practice. All too often it is the technology that shapes the experience which in my mind is the wrong lead. Educators need to develop an understanding of the functionality of these technologies and what opportunities they can provide so that it is the curriculum and learning outcomes taking the lead, with the technologies playing an important role in enhancing the experience and final outcomes.
If you are reading this I would love you to take the time and read the full article, but more importantly, leave a comment on your own thoughts about where we should be going with mobile technologies in education.