Learning Technologies – Minimise in, Maximise out.
Many secondary school teachers complain that their use of learning technologies is hampered by lack of ICT and lack of access to students, often quoting primary schools as having the advantage of more contact with their pupils.
This had led me to the though that the time a secondary teacher has with their pupils is too precious to be spent on logging on, username issues, internet access as well as the low level disruption and control issues that teachers face in ensuring that pupils are on task.
Also APP/AFL means that teachers have to spend more time with their pupils understanding their needs, levels etc.
Therefore effective use of learning technologies should follow the idea of minimal effective use in the classroom and maximum effective use out of the classroom.
The minimum use is the interactive whiteboard and perhaps access to 4 laptops when needed, a teacher flip cam and digital camera to capture key learning events to share on learning platforms
Learning is extended by use of learning platforms as the use of key discussion questions as well as enabling self and peer review. The teacher should also use th learning platform to ensure that students are ready for their lessons when they arrive, making the time with the pupil even more effective.
Maximum use should be made of students own mobile devices, so they can capture in class learning events and share later. The contentious issue of mobile devices is dealt with in the post called “An Effective School Mobile Phone Policy”. This requires that the money saved by a school on purchasing laptops should be spent on enabling an effective wired and wireless infrastructure.
This idea of minimise in, maximise out will take the stress of trying to use ICT in the class to support learning and brings in the idea that the teacher / student interaction time is too precious to be wasted.