In the post, the author makes the point that ICT is just technology (like pencils are) and that there is a strong case for it ceasing to be a subject in its own right and, like pencils, be something that is subsumed into the rest of the curriculum.
I have some worries about this and they are along the following lines.
In many primary schools, there is a thematic approach taken to learning and this means that ‘subjects’ are often integrated, cross-curricular and, in the perfect world, this would include the effective use of ICT as an embedded tool across curriculum areas – just as pencils are. However, one issue is that although every teacher I have ever come across is a skilled and accomplished user of pencils, the same cannot be said of their use and effective deployment of computers (and other technologies) for learning.
I can hold my hand up and say that I am not the most accomplished musician or artist. However, primary teachers are obliged to teach these subjects. In the hurly-burly of a busy day, week or term I for one might sometimes let something ‘slip’ and, despite best intentions, this might be in an area in which I had slightly less confidence. For me, slippage was sometimes in music or art (to my shame), for others it may be ICT. Isn’t this true also for secondary subject specialists? Their pencil skills are consistent and high-level. How skilled are they in ICT. How readily will a secondary history teacher take to the integration of ICT/technology into their curriculum? Who will monitor this? Who will ensure that there is coverage, progression and appropriate integration happening? real money roulette app iphone
Now, contrast that with a situation in which our class know that on Wednesday mornings we are doing ICT and that this happens every Wednesday morning. This is much harder to avoid and slippage is much less likely. This is not to say that the ICT lesson is the exclusive preserve for the use of technology, or that the curriculum content should be just ‘ICT’ or decontextualised but it is a time when at least we know ICT will happen. If we take that time away, will ICT still happen?
I like the idea of fully integrated, cross-curricular, embedded ICT and I can see where (most of) it can live in other curriculum areas. However, in my experience of schools, staff and approaches to technology I just don’t think we are ready for that yet and we are at serious risk of slippage and doing a huge disservice to the learners. singapore online casino
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