Why use TTS?
“The technology is not the focus of the learning, but it provides an essential vehicle for getting to the destination… The inquiry – what the student wants to learn – provides the fuel for the vehicle. Without fuel, the vehicle is useless.” Owens, Hester & Teale, 2002
Technology can be transformational for the way students acquire skills and knowledge. TTS is supporting schools to move away from traditional ‘delivery’ of content toward more student-centric, facilitated, and constructivist models, in which the teacher is the guide.
Few case studies currently provide direct correlation between use of technology and improvements in student achievement. Success is contingent on the context, culture and circumstances of the school aligned with existing curriculum, pedagogy, assessment and a commitment to ongoing staff. Anecdotal evidence, however, suggests effective use and integration of technology significantly improves student achievement across the curriculum.
The relationship between technology advancement and educational change (curriculum, pedagogy and educator attitudes) is increasingly evident in schools we support. Yet innovation in education does not necessarily require high-tech and complex solutions. Simple-to-use and simple-to-understand technologies help give teachers the confidence to integrate them into their existing practices in creative ways.
The relationship between technology and educational change (whether curriculum, pedagogy or attitudinal) is symbiotic. Projects that adopt the principles of good design practice, including the buy-in of the stakeholders, show significant success. TTS encourages the development of transparent, open communication and planning.
Principles of successful technological integration include:
- Ensuring that access to technology does not exclude some learners from participation
- Ensuring online safety
- Developing curricula that reflect technologies and new learning opportunities
- Recognising and valuing learning outcomes that better reflect the needs of 21st century learners
- Balancing virtual and face-to-face contact, formal and informal learning.
Today, education is something that is done with learners rather than done to them. This important trend is reflected by changing approaches to teaching and learning, and the supporting technology.