Posted by: MandyS | June 27, 2013

Moral panic?

Block 2, Weeks 13 & 14, Activity 4c: Bennett et al. (2008)

What do you understand by the use of the term ‘moral panic’?

How public concern can achieve a prominence that exceeds the evidence.

I don’t really think I needed Bennett to tell me it was all hype. It is like anything else which is new and different to the way things have been done for years; it commands attention and after the initial positive attention it is bound to command negative attention, that’s the way of the world.

One point which I did find interesting was the fact that educators who had failed to keep up with the net generation were regarded as ‘lazy’. Could it not be that they were simply waiting to see how technology actually bedded in to education? As it is, if all the evidence is to believed, students use technology to support learning but in a way that suits them. This would mean that had educators not been ‘lazy’ and students were still using technology in the same way, they would simply be accused of having failed in their quest to integrate technology into education. Is it not better to wait and see? A bit like a suspended sentence, which allows room for improvement.


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