Tuesday, 28 August 2007

New stuff everywhere

who taught him......???
Originally uploaded by hb19

Like this cyber school.

Accipio Learning is the UK’s leading provider of live, online teaching to secondary school students who are unable to attend mainstream schools. Accipio delivers its services through live, interactive lessons allowing pupils to communicate with teachers and peers in a safe and secure virtual learning environment.

I would be very interested to see exactly how interactive the lessons are. Wonder if it old school stuff just put online... or is it truly exciting??? Would love a tour.

And as regards other old stuff mnade to seem new ...

div>Radio 4's Today programme ran a piece about online Scrabble.
Apparently you can get an application to play Scrabble through Facebook now - and I ought to have a go. Apparently it is incredibly popular on facebook.
To me, this is quite fascinating as it is surely an old wine in new bottles type of scenario - which has been much criticised as an outmoded approach to technology (usualy used by schools). It is the notion of doing 'old style literacy activities' but using technolgy. Examples might be asking kids to type up their good work on a wordprocessor as a reward; having the kids do reading comprehension on a computer.This idea of using technology as a tool that could be performes judt as well using pen and paper or which does not take advantage of the affordances of new technolgies.
Scrabble, on the surface ooks like an example of simply transsplanting something old into a new package. But is it?

A new literacy, as Colin and Michele argue, is about new ethos stuff as well as new technoogy. And I guess it is the fact that the game of Scrabble is being polluted with 'new ethos stuff' that has caused consternation in some circles...

On the Today programme, (at 8.20 here) there was a traditional guy (henceforth 'Tradman') talking about how terrible the idea of online Scrabble is and that 'social intercourse' was a forgotten skill and that people are suffering because they stare at their computer screens all the time (etc.) He recounted how pleasant it is to play face to face 'with a glass of wine' and seemed to speak as if he and his friends' activities (of doing just that) were in some way under threat. Strange.

The defender, and developer of the online Facebook application (henceforth faceman) said that the game was good to play online as these days people often do not have time to meet face to face.

Tradman said that people could cheat if they play online as they could look stuff up; faceman said that people would not cheat if they were playing friends and that if they did do so, they would only be cheating themselves.

Oh dear oh dear, what a puerile discussion. And doesn't poshman know that you can cheat in face to face games (I do).

The game is DIFFERENT online. And why one earth should face to face 'intercourse' suffer because people also interact online?? This discussion is really old hat and DRAGS ME DOWN.

Here's a poppy to cheer you up.


1 comment:

Eileen said...

Hi there, I have just found your kind comment about us on your blog! I'm Eileen the head teacher at Accipio Learning. If you are interested in seeing what we do...then I would be delighted to show you around our school! You can find our contact details on our webpage: wwww.accipio-learning.com or call into our office: 01582 831090 Ei