Dying for a change

In the midst of ever changing and constantly updated news I have to say I find a moment of peace with the obituary columns in my regular newspapers. El País (31st march) had one on Huguette Clark  who died in New York aged 104. A millionaire heiress she had decided to spend the last 80 years of her life completely isolated from the world, first in her 42 room “apartment” and later in a hospital. She was buried alone and in silence.

On a very different take on size, noise and information over-load, the Economist (May 28th) has an article devoted to “Building with big data” . Discussing the increasing amount of data we generate and have to deal with the article ends with the conclusion that: “The sheer size of today’s data banks means that companies need to be more careful than ever to treat data as a slave rather than a master.”

What has all this got to do with my blog? You can see it coming! As teachers we are faced with the same challenge: more and more data, more and more IWB, ICT and less and less time to deal with it. I am not encouraging dying as a solution but a little peace and calm, focus on the core issues, could be welcome! And, once, more, if more in principle than in  practise, this brings me back do Dogme … in the end of the day our students are more important than the increasing range of tools we have at our disposal and an even richer source of input and possibly even output, if handled correctly.  This is not an obituary for ICT but a note that excess is never a good thing. If I had a 42 room apartment I would only allow wi-fi in about half of them.

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