A few years ago I was in the room with a very senior member of the teaching profession who joked they used so little modern technology they didn’t even have an ATM card.
That comment bothered me for a long time. How can you be a senior member of a profession devoted to learning but be proud that you aren’t learning?
Teaching is full of checks and balances.
Professional and regulatory bodies are often in schools checking to see that our institutions have policy processes in place to ensure high quality education for the children. It’s a vital part of educational systems both local and international. The people appointed to such roles are high quality and respected members of the profession but there is one small problem.
Often they people who oversee teachers have been outside the classroom for a number of years.
And a lot has happened in education in the last few years.
The iPad has just celebrated it’s fifth birthday this month.
YouTube turned ten a few months ago.
How do the people who are checking in schools stay current? How do they know that digital tools are being used effectively for learning?
Or are they looking at student books silently tut-tutting while missing ample online evidence of learning?
Demanding vast reams of paper documents are printed out to peruse?
Who watches the people watching the teachers?