The video shows a memorable tribute to Steve Jobs from the 16th annual Webby Awards show on Monday 21st May.
Been quiet for while - nothing has stirred me to blog recently or maybe just getting lazy. Anyway, I have been stirred by this nice irreverent piece from The Register website, which sums up the current state of ICT in the English curriculum - a sorry tale of awkward questions leading to backtracking, confusion and platitudes. The Monty Python-related connotation of 'just resting' in the piece's title made me smile. I won't try to explain this in detail to those too young to remember Python or those who have never seen the Parrot Sketch. Suffice it to say, the sketch is about an irate customer claiming his money back for a dead feathered friend that he has been sold by a shifty pet shop owner. 'Just resting' is one of the pet shop owner's excuses for the inert behaviour of the bird. Perhaps, like the Norwegian Blue parrot, ICT isn't resting, but is in a far more serious condition?
Whatever form learning and teaching about technology might take in the curriculum, this article (despite a rather strange introduction) makes a very important point about the built-in obselescence of whatever we decide to teach.
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Tony Pickford is a tutor and writer on primary education.