Everybody knows that ITC lab is one of last dinosaurs, since “pure ITC” skills “abdicated” to WYSIWYG interfaces and more friendly approaches. Interactive boards or monitor brought ITC in the classrooms; and faster telematic, learning apps and mobile devices convinced teachers to use ITC in daily mood.
But… you know exactly what happened. Just a little percentual of teachers do really that and without evident outcomes. The most serious thing is that it’s an individual adventure.
Maybe labs have to come back. But we must think of lab as a big challenging project (on a big subject area? reading and writing and publishing? math and science? art? social? on a big learning project?) and provide some labs to invite classes to go in, with a project in their mind and right TOOLS to explore and live a different learning way!
What do you think?
What’s really news in didactics? It’s too long we talk about “innovation” but we don’t know if we really need that.
What we really need is new people who tells different stories.
We invocate “innovation” when we feel tired of meeting non very sensitive people on our way. New technology helps people to tell new stories, for sure. But when we say “new” we don’t think of “used”, but we think of “users”.
In Italy we call “DAD” (didattica a distanza, something like teaching by distance) and it means when a teacher uses web to provide content or learning tools. For many years the schools use that in 10-50% perceptual range. Since lockdown caused by covid-19 and as the schools are closed, the school manage 100% didactics by distance.
Thought about 70% of students regret the school in presence, it’s been an important chance to increase digital skills. Many teachers do.
And many school are proud to declare they are ON LINE and cover 100% of school time by the web, thanks to some platforms like WebEx, Google Meet or Microsoft Teams. All we need the platforms to connect, it’s true. But are we sure to call it “teaching”, just because we are connected and look at a webcam??
Apple propone una selezione davvero allettante per accessibilità.
I want to talk again about the book “Style”, it’s a good suggestion how to motivate the students to write. Now it’s available paper version.