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'Removal of computers from the classroom'- Prof Brian Cox

By imafidons - Posted on 03 February 2013


Science exists to fuel the engine of technology. Our students, scholars, and mentees  are often told that most of science will sooner or later be allied to solve a human problem. So the use of technology in transportation has brought distant countries together. In heath, it has extended lives, and engineering, it has transformed our world beyond any recognition.

 It was therefore a surprise to hear Prof Brian Cox's lecture, and the questions and answer session which followed at BETT conference. Prof Cox was asked by @LewisMagri via twitter (technology) "if you were to have new technology implemented in the Classroom/Lecture Halls, what would it be?"  Cox replied (via a microphone, another technology)  "I would remove it and put the blackboards back".  

It was very difficult for one who has leveraged technology to teach, mentor, produce outstanding record breaking, or award winning students at GCSE, A-level, Undergraduate and Master's as well as PhD degree level. It was particularly painful that this was said to an audience of standing room only lecture with students, teachers and technology mentors  tweeted moments later. Technophobia should not be tolerated any level, from anyone. For the sake of the young students in the audience, I had to state that any classroom with just chalk and blackboard, even with the best Professor like Brian Cox will be unsuccessful in today's world. Hence my equation:  "Classroom - tech + Brian Cox + Blackboard = successful school of 2morrow? Breathtaking technophobia in BETT"

At the end of the session which included presentations of awards to school for use of technology, Chris Imafidon added that "It is rather sad and unfortunate for Prof Cox to hold such beliefs in 2013. The crucial role of technology is beyond debate in either learning or teaching at any level today" There is no evidence that going back to the dark ages of blackboard and chalk will engage, or excite this generation of students. Ironically the BBC which Prof Cox works for as a Science presenter  is world renown for  using technology as an dispensable tool in education and entertainment

Perhaps the biggest irony is that "Bett is a global community where individuals discover technology for education and lifelong learning. Bett embraces innovative solutions that inspire, in order to shape and improve the way people learn from classroom to boardroom.

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