Paradigm lost and replaced: Mobile learning and mathematics

Mobile phone infoboxImage via WikipediaJoel Dodd asserts that being human is being able to access, generate, store, find, process, interpret and report information. He believes that the model of education that has been used for the last 1,000 years or more has been teacher-focused with the teacher delivering information. Assessments in turn measure a student’s ability to ‘parrot’ back facts with little or no relation with what is happening outside of the school.

The Internet Joel feels offers an opportunity to find out how the students are communicating and learning outside of school, pointing to Facebook and Twitter as two examples. He also suggests that schools rather than banning mobile phones, could tap into the ways in which the students are already communicating and sourcing information.

The information on the site reads: “Joel Dodd is a CORE Education eFellow and is head of faculty for mathematics at Okato, a coastal Taranaki secondary school. In this EDtalk from ULearn10 Joel discusses the loss of a centuries old paradigm for teaching and what is replacing it. Joel argues that students need to be equipped to generate, store, access, find, process, interpret, and report information.”

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I am a director and consultant at Ethos Consultancy NZ ( I have a keen interest in all aspects of ICT Enhanced Learning and Teaching (ICTELT) where the focus lies on ways of scaffolding and empowering learners. In particular, I am interested in the way that creative, blended approached to Academic Professional Development can create trust, rapport and encourage reflective practice. As such, ICTELT is approached from facilitation, design, evaluation and assessment as opposed to the tools and what they can offer. I am a strong advocate of the potential of Web 2.0 to empower learners from all walks of life and cultures, especially after my experiences working for 6 years in the Middle East. In particular, I am interested how ePortfolios can be used in the VET sector (especially where Literacy and Language challenges are faced), in Recognition of Prior Learning, and in authentic, applied assessment. I have been involved with designing and developing ICTELT approaches and programmes for ten years. Following research informed approaches and design, I apply a qualitative, iterative process to evaluate the effectiveness of interventions, programmes and tools, encouraging learners' voices and input from all stakeholders.
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