Technology and education is such an exciting part of today’s learning, and is rapidly becoming an important part of children’s education today. The Melbourne Declaration on Education Goals for Young Australians states that
“In this digital age, young people need to be highly skilled in the use of ICT… there is a need to increase their effectiveness significantly over the next decade”
(Ministerial Council on Education, Employment, Training and Youth Affairs [MCEETYA], 2008).
As a result of the goals outlined in the Melbourne Declaration, Information Communication Technology was highlighted as a learning area within the curriculum to help broaden and deepen children’s learning (MCEETYA, 2008).
The use of technology in classrooms is also evident in the Partnership for 21st Century Learning’s (P21) framework which has identified and defined a set of skills for students today (Partnership for 21st Century Learning [P21], n.d)
(Image retrieved from: http://www.p21.org/our-work/p21-framework)
Many of these skills were not recognised when I was in primary school, mainly our education focused on literacy and numeracy skills. However with the changing curriculum and necessary skills for the future, I do think technology needs to be incorporated more into classrooms.
I can highly recommend the podcast Flash Forward to explore the idea of technology in education and schools and looks closer at the role of technology, teachers and schools and hits on the hypothetical scenarios of teachers and schools being replaces by computers and programs, go listen!!!
Flash Forward. (2016). Bot for Teacher. Retrieved from: https://www.flashforwardpod.com/2016/06/28/episode-16-bot-for-teacher/
Ministerial Council on Education, Employment, Training and Youth Affairs (MCEETYA). (2008). The Melbourne Declaration on Educational Goals for Young Australians. Retrieved from: http://www.curriculum.edu.au/verve/_resources/National_Declaration_on_the_Educational_Goals_for_Young_Australians.pdf
Partnership for 21st Century Learning (P21). (n.d). Framework for 21st Century Learning. Retrieved from: http://www.p21.org/our-work/p21-framework