The Educator's PLN

The personal learning network for educators

BECTA's loss is not just a technological one.

I understand that the Government has inherited a huge budget deficit and that savings have to be made but I really feel that the unfair elimination of BECTA will have a huge impact upon the life chances of our children and their ability to support and develop the economy of this country in what will be a very competitive and technology dependent future.

At a time when schools were beginning to question the Victorian premis on which they were originally built, ie get as many children in one room being quiet and facing the front whilst the all powerful teacher delivers their pearls of wisdom; it seems the political tide is again turning and asking educators to switch their thinking again.

Schools that questioned their Victorian legacy were looking at a variety of structures and strategies to move towards more personalised learning and technology has been a major mover in this shift.

The mobile learning agenda, learning platforms, and other innovative uses of technology promoted by BECTA have supported the move towards a personalised curriculum aided by the parental engagement work BECTA have initiated.

Given that only 30% of schools are currently using technology effectively, that understanding of the available technology will be a critical in its use and creative development in the future, that the engagement of pupils and parents will be affected, resulting in poorer engagement with learning, I believe that we stand to lose more than what is unfortunately termed "a dispensable quango."

Unfortunately the impact of losing BECTA on all of the above will only be felt when it is too late.

I honestly don't believe we can afford to lose the expertise of this important teaching and learning body, least of all when we try to recover from a worldwide recession.

Views: 53

Comment

You need to be a member of The Educator's PLN to add comments!

Join The Educator's PLN

About

Thomas Whitby created this Ning Network.

Latest Activity

Alice Thomas posted a blog post

Why is it so important to write a quality MBA essay?

Writing a persuasive and quality MBA essay is one of the essential stages in the MBA application process. It is an examination phrase where you have to include different information in your essay. This article will explain the importance of writing a quality MBA essay and provide insights into the explored topic. Suppose you require the right information about writing quality MBA essays and improve your general understanding. In that case, you are in the appropriate location because this…See More
Friday
Profile IconMaxBurton, Andrew Hickman, Ellis Leigh and 9 more joined The Educator's PLN
Nov 19
Jamie Costello posted a blog post

Top tips to increase your productivity through your study room

We’re stuck at home with limited access to many public spaces outdoors, including libraries, co-working spaces and educational institutions. These are just some examples of study areas you may utilise when you need a change in scenery to keep yourself engaged whilst you’re studying. Now, we’re being forced within the four walls of our home which means creating a workspace or room has never been more important. The learning environment that students work in can have a major impact on…See More
Nov 10
Profile IconWalter Holz, Sarah Kerttu, Gaby Eyzaguirre and 5 more joined The Educator's PLN
Nov 4
john smith updated their profile
Oct 30
Jamie Costello posted a blog post

3 Best Educational Apps for Student

When we think of mobile phones in the classroom, it tends to be a forbidden subject as teachers found them as a distraction against education. Parents and teachers would do anything to prevent the use of smartphones in the classroom.  Now we’re seeing a different outlook on the benefits of mobile phones in the classroom. In particular, mobile app development is shedding a light on how mobile phones can actually be the key to educational…See More
Sep 30
Agnes Mckenna updated their profile
Sep 29
Eleonore Cowan updated their profile
Sep 29

Events

© 2020   Created by Thomas Whitby.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service