Thursday, 31 March 2011

Resilience



Normally, I don't like to leave displays up for too long but the one in the slideshow above is a really useful work of reference. If I'm not  careful I can spend entire lessons troubleshooting software or apps instead of supporting student's thinking. I always offer technical support through demonstrations, video tutorials and slideshows etc. but even so can still find myself acting like a headless chicken - which is where the display comes in...
Sugata Mitra's work clearly demonstrates that children do not need adult help to learn how to use technology and most of what I know I have found out for myself. I always try to promote the expertise of students. They have come to realise that when they have been given some of my time I will expect them to pass on what they have learned to those who need it. In the past I have tried using a formal peer support system. But I don't like always using the same people and second-guessing the problems that will arise is time-consuming and, all too often, fruitless. So I prefer to react to needs when they arise and create informal networks of expertise. If students are to become lifelong learners they'll need to be self-reliant.