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Inside Teaching : June 2010
Inside Teaching | June 2010 46 ON MY SHELF misprint either -- it really does refer to discipline and might explain why Queensland is building a super prison. There's no mention of TPACK and no understanding of the work of the TDAAG or of the Commonwealth government's Digital Education Revolution agenda. It looks very post-Gutenberg. More disturbing is the draft National Professional Standards for Teachers. Search for 'digital,' 'technology,' 'computers,' 'internet' or 'TPACK' and you'll search in vain. In terms of professional knowledge, the draft does expect teachers to 'know effective pedagogies for teaching...content and understand how ICT can support and enhance student learning.' Further analysis, though, reveals that, of the 26 standards statements for graduates, ICT only appears in one of them, standard 2.7, which requires graduates to 'know how ICT can be used to enable and enhance student learning.' I would strongly suggest that the writers of these important standards, and those undertaking the review of teacher education in Queensland, need to project themselves into the 21st century, and put Grownup Digital: How the Net Generation is changing your world and the Handbook of Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge on their shelf, or better still on their desk. Associate Professor Glenn Finger is the Deputy Dean (Learning and Teaching) in the Faculty of Education at Griffith University. REFERENCES American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education. (2008). Handbook of Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge. New York: Routledge. AEEYSOC National Standards Expert Working Group. (2010). National Professional Standards for Teachers. Melbourne: Ministerial Council for Education, Early Childhood Development and Youth Affairs. Available at www.mceecdya.edu.au Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations. (2010). Digital Strategy for Teachers and School Leaders. Canberra: DEEWR. Department of Education and Training, Queensland. (2010). A Flying Start for Queensland Children: Education green paper. Brisbane: DET, Queensland. Available at http://deta.qld. gov.au/aflyingstart/pdfs/ greenpaper.pdf Palfrey, J. &Gasser, U. (2008). Born Digital. New York: Basic Books. Papert, S. (1980). Mindstorms: Children, computers, and powerful ideas. New York: Basic Books. Tapscott, D. (2009). Grownup Digital: How the Net Generation is changing your world. New York: McGraw-Hill. Tapscott, D. (1998). Growing Up Digital: The rise of the Net Generation. New York: McGraw- Hill. And Gladly Teach: A classroom handbook By Glen Pearsall Published by TLN Press ISBN 9 780 980 748 901 RRP 14.95 Reviewed by Steve Holden There's a seemingly endless flow of books of the 'teacher's toolbox' variety across the reviews desk, which suggests that publishers have identified a vital market, particularly for educators in their first years of teaching. The surprise, though, is that most flow from Britain and the United States. Could it be that Australian publishers see this sort of thing as too small a niche to be worth their while? The good news is that TLN Press has judged it a niche that is worth filling. Keep your fingers crossed that Glen Pearsall's And Gladly Teach is the first of many books from this small press. Educators in their first years of teaching will find this accessible book very useful, but I hope educators with years of experience will take a look at it as well. Using a simple format, Reviews