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Inside Teaching : April 2011
Inside Teaching | April 2011 FEATURE 6 Canterbury Boys High School Youth, technology and Oprah DARREN NEEDHAM-WALKER explains what happened when Oprah Winfrey arranged for American rapper Jay-Z, and a whole lot of hardware and software to come to Canterbury Boys High School. Young people today are immersed in technologies that give them opportunities that no previous generation has enjoyed. At home, typical teens and children are constantly switching between their notebook, mobile phone, television, MP3 player and video game console – yet in our schools, they’re often required to learn by listening to the teacher, completing worksheets, and writing with pen and paper. It’s important that students get the social interaction and cognitive development that a range of face-to-face and traditional schooling methods can provide, but at the same time, technology is a useful way to convey content more powerfully and efficiently to young people who are used to working with it, and who will continue to use it throughout and beyond their academic career. Many schools across Australia are at the stage where they are looking to update their technology capabilities to help assist with children’s learning across the board. Increasingly, schools are moving technology away from dedicated computer labs, instead integrating information and communication technology (ICT) into the classroom to allow students regular access. Integrating ICT successfully into classrooms often requires schools to invest in new technology and infrastructure: and a lack of