Teaching technology should be hands on says Roy Stringer

29th September 2000 at 01:00
Roy Stringer, a specialist in the design of digital media for learning, said progress would start when talking about the technology ceased. "We don't talk about paper and ink technology," he said, "we just get on and use it." The learning process should assume that children can become "a world expert in something" from the age of five, even if it is only in Barbie dolls. Teachers would then, in corporate business terms, become more like "directors of researh and communication".

Learners had to be empowered through information and communications technology, Stephen Heppell, director of Ultralab UK, told the conference. "There is a temptation to believe that, just because something has ICT on it, it must be used - yet very often, nothing very different happens. Show me the things in the curriculum that we're doing which can only be done by computer - there are precious few."

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