Here is an online magazine devoted to e-learning http://elearnmag.org/ Lots of interest here including a recent study in the Republic of Cyprus on why teachers don’t use the technology that is available. High up on the reasons is the pressure of time and of existing syllabus which doesn’t allow teachers the time or scope to take full advantage of IT in their classrooms. The full article is here: http://elearnmag.org/subpage.cfm?section=case_studies&article=46-1 Does anybody have opinions on how this compares to Spain?

Another link of interest on this site is this to 30 Web tools for developing writing skills: http://elearnmag.org/subpage.cfm?section=best_practices&article=67-1

And finally some thoughts on outsourcing: http://blog.acm.org/elearn/2010/04/is_this_a_joke_or_a_brilliant.html 

Maybe, as teachers, if we started outsourcing more we would have more time to use technology more often and to better effect? Let’s wait and see what happens in Cyprus?


3 Responses to Outsourcing

  1. Helen says:

    Hi Enda

    I read the article on Cyprus earlier today and feel that the reasons for not using IT in the classroom are very similar here in Spain. Time and support are often the two main reasons cited for not using it. The great thing about using IT in the classroom is the ability to share your work more easily – but this leads to the seemingly one-sided situation of a few teachers spending a lot more time doing the same job as everybody else. This is, of course, personal choice. And until school managers/government etc. acknowledge that time is an important factor in using IT in the classroom, and provide some kind of compensation in the form of reduced teaching hours or financial compensation, the teachers using IT to its full extent, will remain the minority.

  2. Enda says:

    Thanks Helen, I agree. It was just interesting to see the same problems reflected in a different context. IT has so often faced the issue of being led by a small number of enthusiastic teachers and the consequences that ultimately each technological advance ultimately becomes forgotten about.

  3. Great post, My bookmarked your own blog we visit after again in the foreseeable future, Good

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