Computers will never replace good teachers.

Directorate for Digital Literacy and transversal skills. Vision statement: Empowering learners to succeed as global digital citizens. Computers will never replace good teachers. I have always said that teachers are the most important element in education. It is the caring and passionate modelling of teachers in a strong digital curriculum that will help learners succeed…

Wifi radiation and digital addiction (part 1)

Wifi radiation and digital addiction are two worries that some parents and educators have aired during information meetings now that tablets have been distributed to Year four students. These are two separate issues which are sometimes expressed as one. First issue. Six years ago, when the eLearning department started looking at one-to-one computing in two…

The State of Digital Education (part 4)

Another principle which has guided the department for digital literacy is open learning. Open learning can be defined as looking at open education resources, open practice, open leadership, and in some cases open assessment. But for the department, the biggest thing about open learning is sharing. Sharing what you know with others, collaborating and changing…

The State of Digital Education (part 3)

The tragic thing is that this differentiation, this inequity is expanding at a period when the technology actually allows much broader access. There is nothing from a resourcing point of view that is keeping kids from accessing these opportunities online. We have interactive whiteboards in each classroom which are being replaced by interactive flat panels,…

The State of Digital Education (part 2)

What are the principles that have been shaping the digital literacy department? We have been speaking about connected learning which in my department’s view is not about a particular platform or technology but an approach to learning. An approach to understand how learning operates. It is saying that, for each learner there is a kind…