Facing the end of the first decade of a millenium where students are have been ‘born-digital’, we are painfully aware that some people are adapting better than others, and in the disagreement over what should be done about it AND the jokeying for financial and intellectual superiority (nope, I’m not on Huffington Post – are you?) I think a lot of people are tired of it to be quite honest. There’s more at stake than getting everyone on Classroom2.0 to vote for themselves – and a real danger that this decade will be remembered more for fatigue than actual change.
In 2011, there remains a key job to be done – to separate out the subtle sell of a tiring message to a new audience, essentially ‘we need reform, you need to hear me talk about it as a keynote’ into essential pragmatism of useful information and advice on how to do it.
So, in doing that – I’m shamelessly using the sorrowful list post format (as it’s the best way to drive traffic apparently) – from references made in 2003 by Elaine Van Melle, Luigia Cimellaro and Lyn Shulha in A Dynamic Framework to Guide the Implementation and Evaluation of Educational Technologies published not on the Huffington Post, but Education and Information Technologies Volume 8, Number 3, 267-285.
There’s a lot of sense in the extensive review they undertook – but to save you the hassle of digging it out of academia, here is what they say – and it’s worth noting how relevant this pre-Web2.0 discussion is being recycled still at the end of the decade.
1. ICT IS USED TO ENHANCE STUDENT LEARNING
“If you’re headed in the wrong direction, technology won’t help you get to the right place”
- Specific areas for improvement have been identified based on student needs
- Use of ICT clearly linked to a manageable number of identified student learning needs
- ICT initiatives are tied to larger systemic developments (e.g., developments in learning theories and shifts in societal expectations
2. ICT IS AN INTEGRAL ASPECT OF TEACHING
“Teachers who were the most effective implementers bridged computer technology with classroom instruction”
- Technology is integrated into the practice of teaching
- The technology being used is tried and true and not in danger of becoming obsolete
- Technology is readily accessible
3. PROFESSIONAL SUPPORT IS ONGOING
“Key IT challenges involve people, NOT products”
- Teacher training, that addresses both skill development and pedagogical issues is readily available
- Administrative support is apparent
- Technical support is readily available
4. PLANNING, BUDGETING and EVALUATION ARE KEY ORGANISATIONAL ACTIVITIES
“Plan for the future – start thinking about the potential role 2, 5, 10 years from now”
- Sufficient resources are allocated to maintain existing ICT activities
- There is a plan for the future
- Evaluation is built-in and includes the measurement of intended as well as unintended effects
5. ICT INFUSION IS SUPPORTED BY COLLABORATIVE EFFORTS
“For ICT initiatives to succeed, you need a group of key people who say this idea is too important to fail. This means creating tightly coupled systems to share information, coordinate activities and work on problems”
- Partnerships with external stakeholders are vital
- The local community is actively involved
- Technical, administrative and professional staff function collaboratively