Inspirational meeting with folks from another local authority about learning platforms. Great interaction between all until they asked how we can get teachers to accept the new learning platform technology, if they feel they ‘have everything they need already’.  Stopped the flow like a well-aimed half-brick in the gritty cycle path of educational reform.

Well of course teachers won’t if they think they don’t need it.  They have as much spare time and tolerance for ‘extras’ as the British public have for banking fat cats.

So what’s the problem?  Well, I think it goes something like this …

Isn’t it the transformed  learning that’s the big juicy carrot and the learning platform that’s just the giant tanker delivering it? Or should that be carrot juice and tanker?  This is a somewhat visually alarming metaphor, but you know what I mean. The learning platform is a rather substantial means to a potentially life-changing end for our pupils – transformed learning…

… Which of course we all want, don’t we?

… Because we all fully get what that means don’t we?

… Unfortunately, when Becta did some extensive search they found a ‘scarcity of knowledge’ about how at least Web 2.0 can transform classroom learning.  So, if you do have the inside track on this one, please send your answers on a (very very large) postcard to this blog.