Dan Roberts shows us technology is really about relationships (@chickensaltash) #tedxlondon

September 17, 2011  |  tedxlondon, Uncategorized

“ICT is not just a ‘tool’ for learning, but a whole new way of learning”

Dan began by contrasting two types of lessons which made up most of his education: Answering questions from a text book on his own, or copying from the board. His teenage self subverted this by devising calculations whose answer turned upside down on a calculator spelled an obscenity.

Unsurprisingly, his teacher didn’t encourage this creative (and intellectually challenging) use of technology, but Dan sees it as key to contemporary learning.

A similar event happened in Dan’s school when some pupils wanted to follow a passion for the plight of local chickens. Not to make the same mistake, he gave his pupils time off exam preparation to persue this. The result was a resource which now, through creative use of technology, is being used to teach science in thousands of schools across the world.

Real relevance, a willingess to allow learners to follow their interests, and a creative use of technology. Dan showed that it isn’t about the technology, but the relationships Sir Ken Robinson spoke about between teachers and learners.

When this relationship is supportive and based on engaging with learners and not controlling them then it can facilitate amazing learning.

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