Microsoft in Education Global Forum, Dubai, 2...
... to the garbage dump.
"Um..." you say since you don't really understand "modern" education.
So you read further.
"We will be dropping your kids off at the front gate of the dump, with the objective of finding something of value buried in all the trash. There will be no adult supervision on this field trip".
Would you sign?
If you answered yes, then I will be contacting the local Children's Services agency in your area.
You would be foolish to agree to this kind of field trip.
But when we put computers in the hands of our students and give them access to the Internet with no guidelines, objectives, or training, we are essentially agreeing to do this very thing.
Are computers a bad thing?
Computers can be an incredible distraction that diverts great amounts of resources away from the core reasons our schools exist.
Computers grow old faster than a fruit fly and need to be replaced regularly.
They are disruptive.
All of this is true, but technology in the classroom is also one of the best things you can provide for your students... if it's done properly.
Although it might seem like it, I'm certainly not against technology in the classroom. As a matter of fact it's my job to work with the academic leadership to develop a better model for using technology.
The trouble is with many 1:1 implementations is that computers and tablets are handed out without a clear understanding of the objectives. Handing a student a computer without a strategy and understanding of how it's going to help them learn is marginally better than teaching them how to smoke.
What is your experience? Have you seen a few "field trips to the garbage dump" get implemented in the name of technology adoption?