iPads highlight need for tech-savvy teachers
School is back for most students this week and many will return to class rooms kitted out with the latest gadgets like iPads.
are concerns teachers might not be able to keep up with their
increasingly tech-savvy students, with the Government rolling out
ultra-fast broadband to schools across the country.
to work the latest technology is becoming increasingly important as many
schools are putting iPads on stationery lists.
consultant Dr John Langley says those able to use technology has come
along in leaps and bounds over the past two decades.
look at the ability that children and adults have to access information
today, it's just vastly superior to anything that occurred 10, 20 years
ago,” he says.
But Dr Langley is concerned that some teachers may not have moved as fast as the technology has.
the older teachers it's much more of a struggle,” he says. “I think in
that case, what we do require for them is quite significant ongoing
The Government says the biggest issue
for schools is getting connected in the first place. It is aiming to
give most of them access to ultra-fast broadband within three years and
is confident teachers will be ready.
Prime Minister John Key
says it is up to the principal of the school to ensure teachers feel
comfortable with what they are using.
“Those who are
technologically friendly are assisting their other teachers, and there
are always training courses that we can and do send teachers on.”
Post Primary Teachers' Association (PPTA) says professional development
in information technology is woefully inadequate. It wants the
Government to provide more so that teachers are not being left to
struggle on their own.
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