Ok! Sound the trumpets! I’ve finished reading the whole NZCER document – it’s here if you need the link again 🙂
Overall, I have to say my head is full and that I have a lot of thinking to do. Luckily, I like thinking!
The final section of the report document reinforces the idea that I’m already a strong supporter of – that technology is just a tool, and that it can be used to teach ‘old school’ if the thought behind the tool isn’t there. I like the diagram on page 56 which outlines that thre must be four interlinked strategies in order to support transformational change through using technology:
- supporting innovation
- improving capability
- providing inspiration and articulating the big picture
- providing enabling tools and infrastructure.
Without all four of these things, meaningful, sustainable change is not possible. And these four must be linked to future-oriented learning.
So, in terms of my final thoughts, I’m struck by the following:
- That teachers must be helped to ‘unpack’ their current classroom practice, and the philosophical ideas behind these (e.g. why do we have assemblies – what learning comes out of these? e.g. what is the purpose of teaching English – what is the use of it in the ‘real world’?).
- If teachers are encouraged and supported to think in this way, then they are likely to recognise that there is a need – a pressing, genuine need – to do things differently (p. 62).
- That there are a lot of things that almost need to happen altogether – the strategies above, the engagement with the six themes of the report…and that’s massive. And maybe even a little overwhelming. But the important things usually are!
- That while essentially systemic transformation is needed, there are some steps we can begin to make right now towards the big picture.
- And that these steps are beautifully supported by the teaching as inquiry model of the NZC.
- We (students and teachers) are all learners, and all want to be life-long learners.
- Oh, and it’s still fun to continue to wrestle with all of this 🙂