I understand that Mr Gove will be speaking at BETT this year and is making preemptive strikes to be sure of getting the right message across. The TES announced that he is finally turned on to technology. He admits to being ‘behind the curve’ on its role in schools ( the ‘its’ being technology). Let’s hope that Nick Gibb does not get to him before the rest of us do.
Hopefully he will have listened to or read what Neelie Kroes Vice-President of the European Commission responsible for the Digital Agenda Transforming learning through technology said about new tools for teachers and new opportunities for students at the 17th International Conference on Technology Supported Learning and Training in Berlin on 1 December 2011. The comment that caught my eye was: My main message is that we must not be constrained by how things have been done in the past. Rather, let’s be creative, putting learners and learning at the centre of our efforts. We just need to keep pushing…
Hope springs eternal in the human breast;
Man never Is, but always To be blest:
The soul, uneasy and confin’d from home,
Rests and expatiates in a life to come.
An Essay on Man, Epistle I, 1733
Attribution: Image: ‘Light at the end of the tunnel‘