“Great technology will never replace poor teaching”

September 29, 2016 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

“One thing is clear, technology can amplify great teaching, but great technology will never replace poor teaching”  This statement is the last sentence from The OECD Blog Education and Skills Today, September 26 2016, Educating for Innovation and Innovation in Education by Andreas Schleicher. 

Also these statements:

“But far more importantly, even where computers are used in classrooms, their impact on student learning outcomes is mixed at best. Students who use computers moderately at school tend to have somewhat better learning outcomes than students who use computers rarely. But students who use computers very frequently at school do a lot worse in most learning outcomes. Imagine that, the more intensively students use computers at school, the less digital literate they seem to be, even after accounting for social background and student demographics.”

“But we also need to become much better at using technology to support new pedagogies that focus on learners as active participants with tools for inquiry-based pedagogies and collaborative workspaces. Technology is our best bet to enhance experiential learning, foster project-based and inquiry-based pedagogies, facilitate hands-on activities and cooperative learning, deliver formative real-time assessment and support learning and teaching communities. And there are plenty of good examples around, such as remote and virtual labs, highly interactive courseware that builds on state-of-the-art instructional design, sophisticated software for experimentation and simulation, social media and serious games.”

It is less about the having of the fancy hardware, and more about the teaching and the learning. Check it out! Rowan

[BTW: the red is  mine]

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