In the latest edition of Schools Week, published today, I noticed with great interest a piece titled “Have tablets, will learn independently”.
But my initial excitement about finally reading a rigorous and insightful piece on tablets in schools quickly gave away to the more customary disappointment.
The usual suspects were all there: the anecdotal connection to “progressive” teaching, the unsubstantiated link to a perceived loss of rigour, the standard fear-mongering caused by most tenuous links to a variety of medical conditions, the non-expert opining vociferously and, lest we forget, the traditional headmaster with rose-tinted spectacles harking back to a time when children were allowed to climb trees unencumbered by their mobile devices.
As ever, nobody asked about the learning. Arguably the most important consideration.
I thought of writing in to Schools Week, but instead I did this. On my tablet, of course.