In researching and preparing for my first assignment I came across a very interesting and useful weblog by Mark Anderson. I have continued to follow his blog posts and recently read his post reporting on research completed by academics at the School of Education at Durham University regarding ‘6 Myths’ of ICT use in education. Here is my summary of what he says, but I encourage you to click on this link and have a deeper look at his expanded comments and explanations. His thoughts link strongly to the need for using digital technology/ICT’s in education as proposed by both the SAMR and TPACK models.
1. New technologies are more effective and impacting than the last technologies! No – Most new interventions improve learning in schools; technologies have actually proven to be a little less effective that other interventions.
2.Today’s children are digital natives and learn differently from older people! No – Familiarity with technology doesn’t equal expertise for learning.
3.Today’s children don’t need to know stuff, just how to find stuff! No – easy access to information is no substitute for experience and understanding.
4.Students are motivated by technology and having more motivation automatically leads to better learning! No – It is only when motivation can be harnessed for learning that there is a benefit.
5. We must use technology because it is there! No – we must know which technology is advantageous to use in particular situations and contexts.
6. The ‘More is better’ fallacy! The assumption is that if a little is good, then a lot is better!