Use of the internet for learning
Few would argue about the benefits of the internet. The majority of our SIS families have internet access at home. As with many changes in society, once people become familiar with the advantages of new technology – even if there are downsides to the changes – they often become crucial parts of our lives and we wonder how we ever got on without them. A few examples I can think of:
- Eftpos (although this is already on the way out)
- Texting, email and Skype
- Listening to music
- Online booking for movies, sports,
- Concerts, meals, travel
- Online shopping (New or second-hand)
- DIY tips
- Personal banking and shopping
- … and much more.
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What do/can schools currently use technology for?
- Storing and searching for information
- Monitoring school attendance
- Contacting parents (newsletters, email)
- Hosting a website
- Connecting through social media
- (eg.SIS Facebook Page, Twitter)
- Professional networks for teachers
- TEACHING RESOURCES
Responsible schools will use technology in ways that enhance learning while being aware of pitfalls and fads. We also need to ensure that change occurs at a manageable pace, and maintain our focus on raising student achievement and citizenship.
Do these technologies raise achievement? Not necessarily. What makes a difference is how they are used. Good teachers can manage usage so that improved learning is likely. These are challenges which teachers face every day. For children and families the changes at school are becoming more evident. Many children are skilled users of the internet. Laptops and other smaller devices are replacing exercise books and in the (near) future school children are likely to carry very few books. Their work might be saved in the “cloud” and they (and their teacher and parent) will be able to access it from anywhere at any time.
At SIS we are working toward a future like this. It is an exciting journey.