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The life and times of an elderly educationalist in a technological age.

Thursday, August 03, 2006

Learn something every day!

My Great Grandmother, at 90, said to me that she made a point of learning something new every day. At 25 as I was then, I wondered why, but didn't question. But now I do it too, though the difference is, that I have to record it somewhere to remember it. She didn't!
So what did I learn today? I learned that many people in education are concerned about the internet behaviour and safety of our children, but that there is not much real help out there for how to tackle an ever increasing problem. I'm not writing about paedophile interest necessarily. Peer groups cause disquiet too. We as professionals have a 'duty of care' though most of this stuff is not happening in schools, but there has been a 'knock on' effect in some. As a firm believer in the C in ICT, education is the name of the game, but I am beginning to be a wee bit concerned as I try to write plans to cover this in ICT, PSD and Health, that the old adage....'You can lead the horse to water....' will apply, and they will not act upon it and as a result be no safer, despite having been 'educated'.


Blogger Chris said...

Strangely enough, I've just been blogging about this - and then read your post. Is it not always the case in education that some pupils will steadfastly remain quite unaware of what they've been taught? Rather like the child who just *has* to touch the teapot before he believes it's hot? I don't think Web 2 technology makes any difference to this - it seems dangerously free-wheeling to people who don't use it, but if we continue to do our best to equip our pupils to face life as it is then it should be no more threatening than TV or the telephone.

10:58 pm

Blogger marlyn moffat said...

That would be quite right but I think I am more concerned because of the extreme youth of my pupils and the fact that they are associating with those so much older, and these are the ones we will have missed in our 'digital immigrant' gap. I don't want them to think that what they see is the norm. My P3's had much more web savvy than some of the P6. You're right though, but we have to start very much earlier with the education than most folk imagine.I'm just afraid of the old adage about the horse and the stable door in this case.

11:58 pm

Blogger Chris said...

I grant you the problems arising from the youth of your pupils. I'd make a terrible primary teacher!

9:09 am


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