Copy and paste teaching

Copy and paste teaching

“But I can’t access any of the resources on Twinkl, It doesn’t work on a Chromebook and I’ve got nothing to teach with!!” the teacher expounded with evaporating patience. 

The school had spent the past 4 months transitioning every system and workflow over to Google Apps for Education. The impact was already huge. The latest staff survey highlighted how working in Google’s cloud platform had freed up huge amounts of time from paperwork, and teachers were reporting that they could collaborate through online documents and Google Hangouts on a daily basis. This didn’t matter to the one teacher who couldn’t access Twinkl to download teaching resources however. 

How did we arrive at copy and paste teaching? This isn’t an isolated incident. I’ve observed it countless times over the past 18 months. Technology was developed to support our jobs and life, but many have relied too heavily on it. In education it often turns into a surrogate teacher. Twinkl, TES resources and tablet apps are often used as learning leads in today’s classrooms. There’s nothing wrong with using these resources as part of the lesson, but if you have a nervous breakdown at the thought of teaching without them you’ve gone too far. 

Perhaps it’s time to hit the Refresh key.

Jay Ashcroft

Entrepreneur. Author. Speaker. Cofounder of LearnMaker