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My best and worst IT lessons #3: Internet training

My best and worst IT lessons #3: Internet training

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One of the most frustrating "lessons" I taught was a training session for teachers. I was booked to show them how to use the internet: email and search engines. The teachers on the course were both both under-confident and lacking in the relevant experience and skills. My job was to address these issues.

I arrived at the school in good time, and the Head of IT told me to go straight to the room; he would be down later.

What happened

So the first thing I discovered was a queue of teachers waiting outside a locked computer lab. I went to see the Head of IT and asked him to unlock the room.

Once we'd got started, I told the teachers to have a go at using a search engine. In return for their efforts, they saw a "web not available" message. I went to find the Head of IT, and he told me he had disabled access to the internet "for security reasons".

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cross-posted at www.ictineducation.org

Terry Freedman is an independent educational ICT consultant with over 35 years of experience in education. He publishes the ICT in Education website and the newsletter “Digital Education."