Sunday, March 7, 2010

Reading and teaching IT, don't forget the reading

It is all to easy to get entranced with technology and forget that unless you can read a lot of the power of technology is not available. The amount of text that the Internet consists of is large and yes there are heaps of movies, images and other interactive items on the net. But the ability to engage with text is paramount in order to participate meaningfully in a learning environment. This clip points out, and rightly so, that a wide range of knowledge can help and support reading. Therefore, those who do not advocate a broad based education at primary and secondary level are really closing off large amounts of human knowledge. A narrow education reduces a students exposure to the richness of human knowledge and understanding.