Monday, August 27, 2007

ICT is a powerful tool

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Effective Teaching with Internet Technologies
Alan Pritchard

Charles Dickens’ ‘Hard Times’ (1891) begins with this: “Now, what I want is, Facts. Teach these boys and girls nothing but Facts. Facts alone are wanted in life. Plant nothing else, and root out everything else. You can only form the minds of reasoning animals upon Facts: nothing else will ever be of any service to them.” The speaker is Thomas Gradgrind, the schoolmaster, “A man of realities. A man of fact and calculations,” as Dickens would describe him.
In terms of pedagogy we have come a long way since the times of Gradgrind, writes Alan Pritchard in Effective Teaching with Internet Technologies (

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