The digital divide had never been more apparent to me than at a wedding over the summer. It was a 'teachers', wedding, a school librarian met a History teacher while working at an international school abroad... a really lovely wedding fittingly at The Globe, London! A good cross section of the teaching world,... and all a bit tipsy!
Between courses (Elizabethan food!), the 'what do you do', thing came up a lot and honesty I tried to keep it brief, but I am a bit obsessed!
The response from the private /international teachers was interest and keen networking, they 'got it' and saw it as another means of supporting their students, state school teachers were a little more lost.
Many state primary schools are picking up the pad, I would think very few Secondary schools have an ipad in sight and they are falling further and further behind.
Research results are still not in on the effectiveness of this mode of teaching but seeing my own children develop rapidly using touch screen devices made enough of an impression on me to launch an ed tech startup!
The divide worries me for many reasons but mainly...
1. There are children who will suffer real tech poverty if they do not have access to these devices at home or school.
2. There will be a lot of Y7 students, already lost in a giant new school but also rather under stimulated and possibly a little disaffected by the lack of tech in their new classes!