Saturday, 5 November 2011
The problems of sharing text books (another mobile phone rant).
At my school, languages is becoming more popular at GCSE. This is a good thing, many of you would say.
This is mainly because of Ebacc, students are cajoled into, by which I mean almost forced into, studying a language to improve their chances of getting into university.
It means photocopying the exercises, many of which are in colour and don't copy that well or, as is usually the case, rewriting the questions, putting them on the whiteboard and getting the students to copy them into their homework diaries.
This week, one of my students had an epiphany. "Why can't we just use our mobiles to take a photo of the questions?"
I replied, "You can if you like. I think it's a great idea."
Sadly, the reaction of the students was, "Oh, but what if someone comes in and sees us?"
Would that be:
What if someone comes in and sees us using our initiative?
What if someone comes in and sees us using technology to save time?
What if someone comes in and sees us taking control of our own learning?
We are supposed to be educating students to use their initiative, become self-learners and survive in a digital world, yet we stifle their creativity and excellent ideas at the same time.
We risk turning our lovely, inquisitive young chimps into ants.
It's the educational equivalent of Invasion of the Bodysnatchers.
Whatever you do, please don't fall asleep.