Where does it go?

I am working at the moment preparing some training about the use of ICT in schools. In my research I found a brilliant site “Learn ICT”

I found this site a mine of information that I could use in the preparation of my training. In amongst the gems I found some videos  in the section about Early Years and ICT. These videos were wonderful. They cover the full range of very young children experiencing and playing with ICT.

What I found interesting was to witness the joy of learning by the children. It made me think about a question that I have discussed with colleagues on a number of occasions… “where does all the joy go?” It has come up  a number of times  and usually finds me sitting with a group of primary (elementary) teachers and bemoaning the fact that these active learners that we see in the videos become the passive and bored pupils just a few years later when, in  their ten year old guise, they just sit and listen to the teacher, fear the oncoming tests and clockwatch for the next break or lunch.

Please watch these videos… they are all good in their own way….I would welcome your thoughts on them and also the question… “where does the joy go?”

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