Ten years ago, we were involved with a group called Schome, a department of the Open University who were (and undoubtedly still are) researching alternative models of education. For that reason, they were terribly interested in home educators at the time, and invited us to share how and what we were learning.
My blog, or ‘bliki’ as it was called as it was on a wiki website, is here:
I found a little note in my archives called “Funny things they say” which recorded my eldest’s reaction to the PDA which Schome lent us in exchange for a review:
“Well, I think it’s a marvellous piece of technology, if only we could get it to work” (Dragon-tamer)
Truly, it wasn’t terribly successful, and you may remember that I have written about technology in education before. Certainly, all my attempts to encourage my children to use educational technologies and social media were met with less than enthusiasm.
As a proponent of non-coercive education, I think this is the crucial thing: if they’re curious and they find the technology useful, they will use it and benefit from it. But if we make them use it when they have no curiosity or innate desire to make use of it, they will not get the full benefit but may find such tools burdensome and not freeing. The same, of course, is true of books and reading and indeed any subject.