I listened to the podcast from Antony Funnell almost a month ago before the session had begun so it’s not so fresh in my mind but there were a lot of things which I learnt from it. What I found to really resonate with my own beliefs is that not all “educational apps” are designed to benefit the educational process.
We’ve got access to hardware which is getting more an more powerful to the point that it’s the software which really adds the value but if it doesn’t improve on the existing method, is it needed? What really needs to change is the way questions are asked. This relates to the talk from Punya Mishra where he used the example of Netherlands students doing tests with the internet available to them. The questions of today shouldn’t be what, where and when, but how, why and research based.
I look forward to being able to ask these questions in class as a science teacher whilst still being able to talk about the history of where science technologies have come from. Rather than just pointing at a board and repeating the elements, now you can use a smart board and show the elements, watch a video, promote more engaging questions and so on.
Funnell,A(2012) 21st century education.retrieved from http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/futuretense/21st-century-education/4197700#transcript