BETT 2014: Technology for Life, Not just for Christmas

Guest Post Written by Naace

Christmas is over, the decorations are packed away and preparations for Bett 2014 are well underway for all of those who are involved in technology and education.  And, as we are told by the media, tablet computers were likely to be the most given gifts for Christmas 2013.  I wonder how many teachers have been building their confidence about using technology as they use their new technology gifts for surfing the web, communicating with friends and family or catching up on the latest episode of a favourite TV programme. 

MSC13_Surface_03Talking to teachers who are just starting to use tablets in the classroom, these are the sorts of uses they are most familiar with.  Just starting to play a game on a phone can be a breakthrough in building confidence.  So how do we get beyond the superficial use of these technologies to build deep learning? Check out the Naace/Besa study into how pedagogies evolve as tablet implementations become increasingly established within their schools – findings will be launched at Bett on Thursday 23rd January at 3pm on the Besa stand, so do come along or check out the report on the Naace website here once it is published.

And check out the great practice that our Third Millennium Schools are putting in place, too. At a recent visit, one of our Third Millennium head teachers was telling me of the importance they place on the teaching and learning outcomes when technology is used in the classroom – whatever the nature of the technology – rather than on the use of technology for reward, for “keeping a class quiet” or other such behaviour management purposes.  That is, at the heart of it, the fundamental success of schools who are implementing technology successfully.  Any new technology may be a gift, just like those tablets at Christmas, but if technology is going to be used to prepare our children for life, for their successful learning, we need to go beyond the superficial uses and look for the deep learning opportunities, the opportunities to develop the highest level thinking skills, those opportunities to develop computational thinking and apply what we learn in Computing in a whole host of different contexts.

So how can you find out more about taking the use of technology to a deeper level? Bett will provide a fantastic opportunity to see the latest in technology. And as teachers, we know that learning develops as we bounce ideas with others – so take a moment to chat to those who have had experience with technology. 

imageDrop in to the Naace “Ask the Expert” sessions, when members of our community will be sharing what they have learnt and answer your own questions.

Check out the programme on our website. We look forward to seeing you at our stand C400 at Bett – and to supporting your own journeys with technology from the initial “gift” to innovative, deep learning opportunities for your pupils.  

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