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Do i have anything useful to say
‘Do I have anything useful to say?’

How can ‘learning technologies’ be about learning?

Daniel Mace

Advanced Skills Teacher

Langley Grammar School, Slough

Google image number 1
Google Image Number 1

Nail in the coffin

Wordles engagement
Wordles – engagement?


  • What is the spectrum of opinion about learning technologies?

  • Why do they create problems in the ‘classroom’?

  • How can we inspire Generation Y to positively impact their world?

What s been hard
What’s been hard?

  • Tutor group blog and homepage

  • A-level geography blog

  • No-one brings a tablet to school

  • Who’s on Twitter?

  • Better work on paper

Do i have anything useful to say

  • Teacher distrust of tech

  • Traditional teaching

  • Children might know more, can access more

  • Danger:

  • Perception of irrelevance

  • Not focused on learning pathways

  • Teacher is sole possessor – or thinks they are…


  • Shared understanding and enthusiasm

  • VLE works and independent created?

  • Twitter can start and continue conversation with 24/7 learning

  • Collaboration is name of the game

  • Danger:

  • Technology drives learning, not thinking

  • Internet safety issues missed?

Children’s confidence

Teacher’s confidence



  • Some can’t access the curriculum – cost / language / culture / family / confidence

  • Not knowing what to say

  • Frustration of teacher with students – less likely to try new things

  • Danger:

  • Time wasted

  • Disenchantment with technology

  • No differentiation

  • Strong emphasis on traditional learning – maybe excellent focus on thinking and essays writing

  • Nobody pressured (or allowed?) to use technology

  • Danger:

  • Misses 21st Century – e.g. N vs. S Korea


Do i have anything useful to say

  • Constructivist

  • Divergence

  • Open-mindedness

  • Fun

  • Enjoyment

  • Curiosity

  • Thinking

  • Creativity

  • Mastery-orientation

  • Love geography

  • Do well at exams

Do i have anything useful to say

CTL / Intro

X-word generators

Windows Movie Maker quizzes

Family Fortunes

Electronic dominos

Big Picture

VLE – structure

Freemind maps


KS5 Blog

Twitter Convos


Consolidation / HW

Forums for P4C

Videos on YouTube



Input of new ideas

IWB Games

PS work – flexibility with tablets

YouTube videos

Activity – making meaning

IWB Decisions

Visualisers to review



But must add value

Rsa sept 2012
RSA, Sept 2012

  • Now, more than ever, we need young people to use their collaborative and technological skills to overcome economic challenges and help shape a more prosperous future (Adam Lent)

  • One-dimensional cultures or approaches are inflexible and prone to collapse

Philosophy for computing
Philosophy for Computing

  • 6 themes

    • Addiction

    • Viruses & Contagion

    • AI

    • Hacking

    • Censorship

    • GIS & Privacy

Do i have anything useful to say

Do i have anything useful to say

Have something useful to say
Have something useful to say

  • Do teachers know what active learning is – from beginning to end: lesson / topic / year

  • Are children confident and engaged with learning

  • Use technology to replicate those activities – to engage and prevent disaffection

  • Don’t try the other way around – using technology to engage with the ideas

  • Ultimately – the brain is the best learning technology available – need to do everything we can to promote them using that

Do i have anything useful to say

  • Big Picture

  • CTL (Knowledge recap)

  • Input – Active learning

  • Activity or Making Meaning

  • Homework and Consolidation – high level, creative and abstract

  • Engagement and social consciousness

  • Collaboration & Learning to learn

  • VLE – structure

  • Interactive crosswords

  • Tablets for Private Study work

  • E-textbooks

  • IWB for tools

  • Visualisers