Over the next three months, I'm making samples of convergent multimedia technology. It's an initiative related to new course development in Tipperary Institute. At the same time, it's part of a strategy document that could be used in Irish primay schools with pocket media devices, netbooks, and social learning networks. I don't believe I'm talking about radical things here. In the 15 years I've lived in Ireland, some Irish classrooms have not changed as dramatically as the connected world right outside their doors. Some are fiscally restrained. Others are dogmatically constrained. With the absence of innovation in education comes the death of the innovation culture.
Some notes from Moleskine about today's meeting:
- Most of our youngest third level students interact more from social networks connected to education material than they glean from standard lecture sessions.
- The Minister for Education will get a greater return for investment by putting netbooks into hands of students than by equipping bog-standard computer workstations in dedicated classroom facilities.
- Creative multimedia students can often answer very techical questions that lie outside the range of expertise of well-regarded technical support personnel.
- Interactive whiteboards need to be in common use areas.
- Open wifi should be as commonplace in hallways as overhead lights. If needed, it can be switched off just like the lights.
Simon M. Lewis -- "A committee to save ICT in schools" on Anseo's blog, 12 Aug 09.