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A note to all presenters  who announce proudly “my child / grandchild can use my iPad (iPhone, tablet, slate...) therefore they are gifted tech users and therefore we need to do this ... (pick your re-engineering, reverse engineering, reformist, future focused,  digital, technological, jargon words to apply)  … to education (school, teacher)”.  

I’ve been to a number of presentations that included such announcements.

I’d like to offer this quote from Silicon Valley 

…we make technology as brain-dead easy to use as possible.“  

Educators deserve to  be treated with more respect. Let’s move beyond anecdote driven conversations and presentations. 

I don’t really want to see a picture of your ‘cute’ 3 year old as the evidence for your statement. Especially if you don’t have a topic related qualification or a school teaching practice background.  I’d like you to offer research based content and information gathering conversations.  

I’d like presentations with a purpose – using evidence and practice-informed ideas to improve the learning opportunities for our students, and with ideas to improve the resourcing of schools.  

I don’t want to hear that education needs to be reformed based on your family experience and your techno fascination.

The plural of anecdote is not data 




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