The real barrier to IT adoption

In response to Dan Haesler’s piece For today’s learners , it just clicks.SMH Nov 14(http://www.smh.com.au/technology/technology-news/for-todays-learners-it-just-clicks-20111113-1ndwi.html). Yes, NSW schools now have access to great learning technologies thanks in large part to the National DER initiative and our State Connected Classrooms Program. I believe most teachers are willing adopters of technologies, but let’s not portray them (esp those more seasoned ones) as luddites – turning their backs on the technologies. Rather I’d argue that its the assessment system that is the real barrier confronting our adoption of C21 learning in classrooms. I’ll always remember a senior science teacher commenting; “I’m not against the technologies, but after successfully teaching HSC students for 25 years- I can’t risk deviating from my existing practise- for something which may not work.” Free our schools of outdated modes of assessment, and students and teachers will readily embrace learning strategies that align not just to the curriculum content but new and appropriate ways of assessing them.

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I'm a currently working at NSW Departrment of Education & Training, Connected Classrooms Program, Sydney.
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One Response to The real barrier to IT adoption

  1. Ian says:

    Hey Tim good to see your ‘voice’ back in the blogosphere and I think there is definitely something in your comment regarding the testing regime. This post also gels well with Don Watson’s comment:
    http://www.themonthly.com.au/comment-phoney-education-don-watson-4334

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