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Online Learning and Supply Teaching

Lynne is a Secondary Teacher with QTS who is currently working in schools in  Bristol  through Protocol Education. Lynne discusses the obstacles to keeping students engaged during online learning.

Online Learning

"Ah, next lesson you're in the computer room." Music to the ears of a supply teacher? It depends. A couple of weeks ago I covered a Year 7 class who were totally engrossed in a design project they were doing on computers. Later the same day Year 11 were working on a basic maths skills online revision programme and they would rather have eaten their school ties. Not only were they not engaged but they were sharing computers.

This is a situation which occurs frequently and which totally obviates the purpose of computers as the ultimate resource for personalised learning. Instead of solving the nightmare that is the provision of differerentiated learning opportunities, sharing of computers invariably means one student doing all the work and the other one swivelling round and round on his/her chair.

Another scenario greeted with dismay by we supply teachers is arriving in the 'the computer room' to find the machines arrayed in rows. The only way to ensure that the students are actually on the required site is to stand at the back of the room. My heart always sinks when the lesson plan involves producing a powerpoint presentation requiring selection of images from picture libraries. I just love those schools which don't filter out all possibilities for thirteen year old boys to look at photos of naked women.

I would have written this blog a week ago but I was without internet access for ten whole days, the first time this has happened since I first pressed the magic www keys. I was in Cuba where I could have joined the queue outside a telepuntos office but chose to sit on the beach at Playa Ancon sipping a mojito whilst reflecting on how unimaginable the idea of a computer room would be to those children constantly begging for a biro.

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Related Blogs:

The iPad Issue by James

Technology and the Supply Teacher by Daniel

Why Technology is your Friend not your Foe! by Ivan



Tags: Lyn, Supply Teacher, Bristol, ICT, Technology, Online Learning, Secondary, Protocol Education, Teach in the UK

Category: Australian Teachers

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