Image: A diamond encrusted iPod – precisely the kind of thing children won’t be disrupting classrooms with this year…
Last year at Reboot the eminence that is Stowe Boyd was talking about flow states – being continuously plugged in to a network – via texts, Twitters, IM and sundry connectedness – related to the continuous partial attention thing . He described how the learning establishment would resist this trend preferring to protect traditional methods of working and learning.
Ewan’s suggestion of alternative approach is typically sane of the man:
Instead [of banning or confiscating gadgets] get the students to show the functionalities of their tools and how they can be abused [used?]. Importantly, get them to show how they can be used to make learning faster, more fun or more accessible. The teachers, the Unions and the Ministers may have a few things to learn themselves.
All sorts of organisations (the NUJ and the CIPR spring to my mind) seem to exhibit this kind of Knut-ism. Worse than Knut‘s foolish courtiers, they don’t seem to even realise that it’s a tide they’re trying to turn back.