Below is a short film of a recent TED programme talk by a teacher – Diana Laufenberg. It has a number of different messages.
A mapping of the transition from a knowledge poor community to a present day surfeit of information. (We too remember the power of a printed version of The Encyclopedia Britannica).
How using their own voice in learning and the outcomes of it is a powerful tool for student learning itself. Finally, Diana Laufenberg makes a telling case for the power of failure.
The one answer, and only one answer is right – the prescriptive model of going to a single building to be ‘given’ knowledge, these Diana argues are outmoded paradigms.
In a world of web technology, laptops and mobile devices – with the clamour of data and image, how best should we learn, reflect and filter?
We have many clients who use the web to allow the leaners voice to emerge, to post the creative works of students online. Others are less well developed in this area, perhaps missing an opportunity to maiximise learning.
What is interesting in this short talk, is how, even in a community that is highly affluent with clearly pervasive use of technology, that the debate still rages. Inspiring.
‘Home Access is the new Government programme which will help to ensure that more children in England have access to technology at home to support learning. Eligible low-income families (eligibility is based on the criteria for free school meals) with learners in Years 3 to 9 will be able to apply for a grant to buy a computer and internet package’.
It is intended that this new government initiative will benefit at least 270,000 households in the UK.
The packages offered to families also include assistive technology, to make sure access by young learners on-line is at its most effective.