I can recommend this video for all teachers who say that new technology is just a fad and that it costs so much and doesn’t really add to the education of children. Apart from the fact that the internet provides us with the a mega-library of information that grows every day it is also the communicative power of technology that really makes a difference. In this film a brilliant teacher, Brian Crosby who has taught upper elementary children for 29 years, shows how he uses technology to enrich and enliven the real learning of his class.
This deserves a really wide audience..it has so much in it like the hot air balloon video and the way he linked the experiments to empathic writing for the children.. many of whom are on the poverty line and have English as a second language!
He speaks with the passion that many of us feel about the potential of technology to really effect the lives and the futures of the children who are lucky enough to be in his class. Perhaps the most moving thing in the talk was the way that he incorporated a child who would otherwise have been home educated because of having life threatening leukemia but who became a full member of the class by the use of technology.
If you get the time please watch this talk… it really does deserve to be seen by as many people as possible and, in my opinion, Brian Crosby deserves some sort of award as a truly outstanding practitioner!