Archive for the ‘Opinion’ Category

Changing Paradigms

Monday, February 27th, 2012

This animation was adapted from a talk given at the RSA by Sir Ken Robinson, world-renowned education and creativity expert and recipient of the RSA’s Benjamin Franklin award.  We hope you like it.


For more information on Sir Ken’s work visit: http://www.sirkenrobinson.com

Teach-IT Evaluation

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

Everyone who knows a member of the Do-Be team will tell you the same thing – we are all so enthusiastic about our products and sincerely believe that they do make a noticeable impact upon our learners and the practice of professionals with whom we engage.

We have also had loads of great (published) feedback from our numerous presentations, training days and CPD sessions delivered to our customers.  Pupils have also enthused about the Teach-IT series and how it engages, inspires and enthuses them in their learning.

Sometimes that is enough, but more of the same wouldn’t do any harm.  So, we are delighted to publish an independent evaluation carried out into our Teach-IT product line.

‘Following a three month research process carried out in Autumn 2011, this report evaluates ‘Teach-IT’, one of a range of teaching products and services produced by Do-Be, a Scottish based company who promote the use of ICT and new media technologies within education settings. The research was funded through the Knowledge Exchange scheme of Perth College which is part of the new University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI).’ 

This independent evaluation was undertaken by Dr. Lynn Whitaker, a research assistant for the Centre for Rural Childhood, Perth College UHI,  under the directorship of Professor Rebecca Wallace.

We at Do-Be are delighted with the evaluation, key findings and executive summary.  We would like to take this opportunity to encourage our friends, customers and potential customers to download and read the evaluation for yourselves.  We would also like to thank Dr. Whittaker and everyone who gave freely of their time to contribute to the evaluation.

If you have any comments or feedback on this please get in touch or alternatively, tweet us, or drop us a message on our Facebook page.

Opinion: Steve Jobs on Education Eye

Sunday, December 4th, 2011

I was sent a great link last week to the Futurelab Education Eye site and this article regarding the (unintentional) impact Steve Jobs has had upon learners making them digital creators.  (The link is nestled over on the left side of the page.)

 

(Irony:  Don’t bother clicking on an iOS device – it’s a Flash site)

Being an avid Apple fan I am not sure about this article although it does make a decent case for the defence.

However, I am only 1300 pages into the official biography (the bit after Pixar and his marriage) I refrain from making my decision at this point until i see how the rest of the story maps out in detail.  Yes, Jobs did market products specifically to the Education sector in his early days while at NeXT, but have the current technological advances came about in spite of which direction the products were intended to move us in?  Was Jobs vision not holistic when it came to the development of his products?

Jobs may be credited with producing a generation of media creators but no more than Gates can be credited with producing a generation of PC Technicians who can troubleshoot desktop machine errors.  I am not sure that Jobs didn’t believe technology was changing the world much – to this point in the book, Jobs seems to be driven, almost obsessive in his journey to produce technology that does exactly this.

I also feel that the majority of our learners are mostly media consumers, choosing to assimilate and curate content rather than the generation of producers the article hints at.  This is changing with every day though, we see it in the application of our Teach-IT products and how they support teachers to engage and develop learners ICT skills, the development of our new curriculum with ICT at the heart and the increasing ownership of mobile technology that can produce the content to be consumed.

Would this not have happened anyway on our trusty old PC’s, Droids and Tablets?

Let me finish the book first before I decide! ;-)