From a closed forum I contribute to, I Asked the following question.
With the start of 2008 What do you see as the important challenges/changes for the coming year?
I suppose I should answer my own question: I see (Gazing into my Crystal Ball); Changes:
- E-twinning - loads more schools using the easy links made possible with ICT to communicate with other pupils else where in the country or the world using Skype, Glow (with Maratech), Flash Meeting, Yugami, or any other VC app that appears.
- Unfortunately I also see the continued, unquestioning, distribution of IWB's. I say unfortunately because I just don't get them. They are useful in some classrooms and at some ages ( Watch the video, its great. Though I should confess its from one of our feeder primary schools pre 5 units) but why is it best to follow the old models of teachers standing at the front and 'chalking and talking'?
- a few will move further down the 1-to-1 route. Primary schools using the Linux based machines like the minibook. Secondary schools developing the use of Write On technologies like UMPC's or Tablets.
- getting more teachers reflecting on where technologies can be a positive advantage within their teaching and not 'another thing to learn'
- making it sustainable. Realising that a lot of money could switched from the Photocopying technologies to Information Technologies.