Skimming through some links on the Teacher Librarian website, I came across an interesting report on Educators, technology and 21st century skills, and I recommend that you have a look at it. The report looks at 5 myths about using ICT in schools and how research has shown these myths, while commonly believed, are nevertheless still myths. The 1st myth is that new teachers or teachers with greater access to ICT will be more likely to use ICT in their teaching. The research showed that newer teachers may use ICT more in their personal lives 9e.g. Facebook and Twitter) while ‘veteran’ (and you may or may not like that term) teachers are just as likely to use ICT. Another myth is that, because students are using ICT more at home and appear comfortable with its use in schools, it’s less important for teachers (and TLS) to use ICT. The research shows that using ICT is very important and that teachers need to be seen to be using ICT. This does of course mean that they need to be seen to be using ICT effectively, and not, for example, merely using a whiteboard as a projector. Whether you agree that the other myths are indeed myths in side or outside your school, this report is still worth reading. There’s a useful summary, so you don’t need to read it all.
It’s harvest time in Scotland again and, as I’ve noted before, it’s a time of year I particularly enjoy. A few days ago, I had my camera with me on a merry walk up the country and caught (see picture below) a new bale arriving into the world. Now, you may think that calling this a ‘birth’ is a bit OTT in the anthropomorphic scales. However, I am a great fan of fields with bales scattered across them. Indeed, I think that there should be a law against farmers removing bales from fields until they have been there for, say 3 weeks. Probably doesn’t make economic sense but aesthetically, it definitely adds to the countryside. In fact, when you see a newly harvested field with these new arrivals, everything else bales into insignificance.