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Education Council makes a sterling start. #Tui

Education Council - not off to a good start

Oh dear. The Education Council’s promise to deal with the hard issues like tightening security around teacher registration appears to have given way to bashing teachers about their IT competence.

As PPTA noted in its piece, Education Council and the deficit model of teachers: “On cue, the organisation that is supposed to be about teachers lets the government off the hook for the digital divide and ends up blaming schools and teachers for unpreparedness around ICT.”


Rather than pointing out that some teachers know more than others about IT, and that some schools have better equipment than others, Teachers Council might better use its energy to push for fully-funded, good  quality professional development undertaken in teachers’ normal work hours.

Or are we again expected to find the money and time ourselves? Should we do the tech stuff before or after the additional maths studying NZI wants from us?  Before or after all the sports and cultural activities teachers support unpaid?

Teachers don’t want the Education Council to spend its time pointing out the obvious – that there are differences in knowledge and application of skills.  We want practical solutions and support.

I know the Education Council is starting on the back-foot. Many teachers feel it was imposed on them and that it doesn’t represent them. So it has work to do to get people onside, and this is not a great start.

Neither was it a great start when Education Council sent a snarky Tweet  pointing out a spelling error I’d made and completely ignored the actual issue I had raised. This is worrying. Members of the Education Council themselves send Tweets with errors in – it happens, get over it. A wise educator would ignore the typo and focus on the points being debated.

What a very poor example to set.

Round of applause, Education Council – what a sterling start.


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4 thoughts on “Education Council makes a sterling start. #Tui

  1. And are we surprised???


    Posted by Alison | July 8, 2015, 11:45 am
  2. For most of my 15 years of teaching, IT was a source of much frustration, stress and excessive work. I received one small piece of external PD on it in all those years and the rest of the time I was expected to use my own time or pester other staff, colleagues to help me or to just to figure things out on my own.

    At the last school I taught at, staff had to mostly rely upon the IT leader who had little time herself to devote to up-skilling staff with every piece of new software or hardware. We relied heavily upon her for technical support while learning on our own how to increasingly incorporate SmartBoard or Interactive Boards technology into daily teaching and learning programmes. Next came iPads so I bought my own to help me learn about the world of Apple.

    While there is a plethora of helpful tips, hints, units, creative lesson design and planning tools etc. out there to look at, it must be said, that just like using a recipe where you don’t have all the right ingredients, won’t get you the same result as the recipe’s author got. We simply couldn’t implement most of those great ideas! The computers were old, operating systems incompatible, the antivirus etc. blocked access, didn’t have correct user rights, ran out of licences, not enough laptops, can’t load DVDs, the server was on its last legs, and we couldn’t even take advantage of the newly rolled out ultrafast broad band until the funding was found for upgrading the hardware.

    I can testify that collectively there were as many hours wasted hours redoing things, trying out things and not succeeding using technology (without access to timely support) as there were hours of actual teaching.

    There were many rainbow moments of course…just no pot of gold at the end to grow more of them!

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    Posted by Dianne | July 8, 2015, 12:15 pm
  3. I am a young(ish) teacher who is fairly decent with IT. Have grown up with computers and tend to help others in the department when their technology isn’t working.

    I dont believe IT is conducive to good pedagogy. Yes it can be used well and the number of teachers successfully using it well will increase over time.

    My school has invested a fair chunk of money into literacy PD and it is something I view as important and, perhaps more importantly, I am motivated to incorporate it into my teaching. Some teachers will favour didactic lessons, some ICT, some SOLO taxonomy. I think it’s important for students to experience a broad range of pedagogy and not constantly be told they are meant to enjoy, and learn better, using IT.


    Posted by Jason | July 8, 2015, 1:55 pm
  4. 150 computers in our school, 1 teacher working fulltime in the classroom looking after them all. Why? Because this Government doesn’t fund even vaguely adequately. A friend works in business, his IT department of 5 look after 75 computers between them. Computers are replaced regularly as opposed to our situation where we eke every drop out of our aged machines. Blame the teachers, we’re used to it. Add to all this the plethora of software and hardware being used in schools and NO funded PD. Plonk on top Min Eds euphemistically named Helpdesk and the same organisations ineptness running things like easttle and IT use can be really difficult.

    Liked by 1 person

    Posted by Greg Patel | July 8, 2015, 6:24 pm

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