I’ve been pondering about E-Technology and video sharing and to me it all seems to end up
with trust. Would you trust your students to not look up inappropriate content on the internet? Would you trust your students to use their mobile phone just as a camera in a respectful way during a project? Would you trust your students to gain consent before uploading videos? Most would say no.
Yet, were forgetting one thing: The students need to trust the teacher. In a primary school, you are generally their teacher for the year – so everything they learn in their lesson is down to what materials and teaching you provide. So surely the child should be just as worried about trusting their teacher as we should be in trusting them with what they know. Today’s child is more technology literate than ever and technology is what they know…the curriculum is what the teacher knows..yet the child is expected to just put this trust in theirteacher yet teacher’s are not expected to just put their trust in the child.
So although you may not have full trust in a child to not look up inappropriate content nor use their phone to send a quick text whilst supposedly using it as a video camera.. it’s highly unlikely that one teacher has the knowledge of the whole curriculum yet the child just has to put up with this. (Yes the teacher has had 3 or 4 years training…The average 15 year old child has probably had longer than this on technology!!)
If we put responsibility and trust into our students maybe we would see a more technologically advanced classroom?