Digital media integration

Ten reasons for an imminent acceleration of digital technology integration into our schools

The pace of technological advancement is fast, often bewilderingly so, everybody knows that. In some areas we have experienced an exponential growth in the take up of aspects of those advances, for example in the use of mobile phones having now reached something like a staggering 95% penetration.

In other areas the take up of the technology is slower. In schools, despite the availability of ring fenced monies to ensure that all schools have interactive whiteboards, modern computer suites and broadband connectivity, the actual application of these technologies is relatively slow. Mobile phones, for example, whilst ubiquitous outside school are generally banned, or banished to lockers during school hours, in most schools.

But beware, this is all set to change. The comforting pace of gradual digital integration into schools is set to become a torrent and below we give ten good reasons why.

Anybody who works with technology for education will know that the situation around schools in relation to their uptake and use of technology varies considerably school to school. There are those schools that actively champion the use of technology and who are participating in interesting projects such as exploring the use of ‘second life’, undertaking projects with pupils using handheld devices (PDA’S), using mobile phones to help with truancy and much more. There are also those who lag behind and many shades in between.

There is no blame attached to this. It is hardly surprising that many schools struggle with the implementation of technology because the staff are fully stretched and not given the time, space and training to become sufficiently familiar with the technology to be able to make apposite use of it in their teaching.

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