Lloyd Davis is doing a great job blogging Podcastcon. So I don’t feel so bad about missing it. This section of his notes on a talk by Milverton Wallace especially caught my eye.

Technologies challenge traditional ways of transmitting knowledge.

Last October he’d just got into podcasting. A friend had a big contract with a south london borough for remedial education. The borough decided they had too many unemployed uneducated kids. So they got loads of hardware and software (even quarkexpress and adobe!) equipped a room with state of the art stuff. Big opening ceremony – everyone there. had a phone call saying kids didn’t turn up for the lectures in this hi-tech wonderland.

Looked again – it’s just another classroom – nice carpets & cool kit, but still a classroom and these kids are those who rebelled against classrooms. That model of encouraging people to learn doesn’t work for a significant minority of kids. Milverton said give ’em ipods so they can hang on the corners pretending to listen to music, but really listening to a maths lesson. Not taken seriously – now closed the facility. An illustration of how difficult it is to get established professionals to accept what’s new and experiment with stuff.

2 thoughts on “Podcastcon

  1. Mark Lloyd

    I would be interested to know what aspect of that really caught your eye. When I first read it, my first reaction was amazement that local authorities keep spending considerable amounts of money without really considering what they are trying to achieve.

    On reflection, I suppose this is the point:

    “… give ’em ipods so they can hang on the corners pretending to listen to music, but really listening to a maths lesson.”

    But how do you get there?

  2. Johnnie Moore

    Hi Mark. For me it was the way the authority threw money at technology without really tuning into the audience. I don’t know if the IPod idea would have worked, but it would at worst have been a much cheaper failure!


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