At our weekly teacher digital learning get together we conducted a social debate on the question: what balance should schools seek in their use of educational technologies? The three sides were (1) not enough use is being made of such technologies (2) there is too much use of digital technologies, and (3) the balance is just right. Observations that emerged included
- that is was easier to argue that there is too much use based on teacher observations of inappropriate uses
- that it was more difficult to argue for more use as it needed to promote unknowns and could be side-tracked from learning issues into this or that technology
- that the current balance is but a point of time in fast-changing times that need constant re-evaluation
- there was general agreement that the inclusion, active involvement of supported and respected teachers was integral to any worthwhile changes that might be contemplated being of optimal value.
Another interesting point is that the debate arose from issues raised by teachers through the VLE Moodle forum and from online readings. The exercise was credited with being a good example of how good learning can be achieved by working digital learning with face-to-face learning interactions. One teacher posted a record to the Moodle for those teachers who were otherwise occupied.