I am currently working in a small project to assist a school enhancing their current practice in technology-enhanced learning (TEL). While doing some surveys, I found an interesting issue which I really appreciate to hear opinions from the educational community about it.
In this school and I assume many other schools around the country, teachers have the freedom to choose which device, hardware, software, learning environment system etc they want to use in supporting their teaching and the students' learning. This is good because it removes limitation for the teachers to be creative, and simply use the technology they are familiar and comfortable with. This freedom puts pedagogical needs at the higher priority as it should be in designing and implementing TEL.
But at the same time, it gives headache to the technological team to provide infrastructure that is compatible with all different types of hardware and software.
I saw around the interactive whiteboard, there are so many cables and adapters especially for wireless streaming display. To sort this thing out, it takes time and such fussiness jeopardise the purpose of TEL itself. I assume some teachers might choose not to use the facilities they have, to save time.
How to balance between these two concerns?
Do you have similar experience?
Should school limits the technology into single 'package' or single 'brand' of product?
What do you think?
Your opinion is very much appreciated.
Slavin (2008) stated that:
"Throughout the history of education, the adoption of instructional programs and practices has been driven more by ideology, faddism, politics, and marketing than by evidence."(p. 5)
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