Education Issues and a Future

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Lunchtime run (09/07/2009).

It was a rather cold, windy and potentially wet looking environment into which I ventured. With long sleeves and another thickness of top on my torso to brave the elements I decided to take the country road route. My legs struggled to cope with the prospect of 30-45 minutes of exercise but the distractions of holding the video camera and talking soon helped me to forget about the miseries.

Talk rambled through the political controversy of the day through to ideas extracted from books I am currently reading but within a consistent education theme. Harvard Professor, Clayton Christensen and Sir Ken Robinson provided the motivation for some of the discussion although personal comments inevitably interspersed the referenced material. Key to most of the discussion was the belief that education has to change and that ICT can provide more to that process and the future than is currently recognised. Using Christensen's concept of disruption as a starting point the future was seen to be one in which politicians, teachers and institutions had to adopt ICT as a key component in a 'new way'. ICT should not just be a ajunct to the existing curriculum. It should be key to the 'new way' in which individualisation in learning is made a reality and collaborative investigation one of the key methodologies.

Problems within education emanating from various sources including the system itself, politics and parents were also discussed.

Click here to view the video blog