Using IT within the Classroom
As opposed to many other authors writing about IT in education who come from a teacher, technology expert or journalist background from an era where IT was not embedded into their school experience, I can offer a perspective that has probably not been given before. I come from a generation known as the “Net Geners” (The Net Generation 1977 to 1997), being born in 1989 I fall directly in the middle of this generation full of people who “have been around computers since before they could speak” and for us Net Geners “technology is like air” necessary but not always visible (Tapscott, 2009). Having being born into the Net Generation society we continue to thrive in today I saw the beginnings of introduction to IT in education from my own student experience from using educational games on the old BBC computers in primary school to the introduction of the Interactive Whiteboard while I was studying my A Levels and everything else in between. After I finished my school education I became an IT Technician for a secondary school implementing and maintaining technology to aid and enhance teaching and learning throughout the faculty and following my degree I became a trainee teacher studying a PGCE. With my own student, IT professional and teaching experience I can offer a neutral view for technology and pedagogy where normally teachers and technology experience a gap of understanding and knowledge.