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KS3/4 Design and Technology - New Technology: The Issues

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Summary

A discussion focusing on the effectiveness of handheld technology and software in enhancing pupil learning and assessment.

Goldsmiths College's Professor Richard Kimbell and senior researcher Tony Wheeler lead the discussion, following a two day trial of interactive software and handheld computers at Saltash.net community school in Cornwall.

The discussion also reflects on the challenge of using new technology to enhance learning in classrooms rather than allowing the technology to take over.

The discussion is useful for those schools that are thinking carefully about the best way to invest in new technology. Should they continue going for large expensive PCs or should they choose something smaller and more personalized?

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