In the new age of technologies, many people believe digital devices are able to solve any problems. The educational area is not an exception. Schools have gone crazy by wasting money buying iPads, iPhones and other “shiny gadgets” endlessly. More and more teachers start supporting the idea of digital classes and online learning. Seems like they have nothing against being replaced by some robots. The lack of teachers is getting obvious.
A quarter of a billion British pounds a year – doesn’t this number impress? And this amount is spent only to purchase enough PCs. Besa, the educational suppliers’ organization, has proved the shocking statistics. This sum is equivalent to 8,000 teachers salaries or building up fourty secondary schools. National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) is outraged by this fact. As their head states:
“I think we’d be better spending the money on recruiting and training great teachers and sticking them in front of old-fashioned blackboards.”
Meanwhile, various search engines along with Microsoft representatives continue gathering more than 35,000 people to hear about their innovations on the annual Bett Show in London. They vote for IT classes replacing other core subjects. “The future is already digitized. So what should we wait for?”
Digital devices might save a plenty of time, as well as working places. The second reason is worrying most of the old generation teachers. A lot of instructors risk losing their place. The unemployment rate in 2014 was higher than in 2013, but this ratio is about falling even more dramatically.
He says schools “must guard against fads and panaceas”, adding: “Technology has not value in itself, only in relation to the problems it solves.” On the other hand, most of the teachers and parents have nothing to say as far as almost everything modern student has to know can be easily found on the web. Besides, there is no opportunity for a real person t provide enough self-made educational videos, articles, presentations, and games to engage as many students into the process of learning as possible. Only machines are capable of doing that.
“We need a good reason, a target, not a glossy brochure or shiny gadget. And preferably not a goal suggested to us by a purveyor of shiny gadgets, but one that already existed before we spoke to them. Too often, technology is a solution in search of a problem.”
Louis Coiffait, of NAHT Edge – a new section of the association for aspiring heads – has posted a separate blog telling “Billions of pounds are being made by private investors and companies out of education hardware and software,” he writes, pointing to predictions that by April this year there will be an average of 429 devices in every UK school.