Teachers are expected to continue learning and developing their craft. One way of doing this is to undertake an ‘inquiry’ into any area of interest that is relevant to the profession. I have chosen to inquire into the use of iTALC or similar tools to improve learning and teaching, and likely, Internet safety for younger students.
iTALC (intelligently Teaching And Learning with Computer) is a free open source software for managing classroom computers in Linux and Windows, which is aimed at a school environment. iTALC enables teachers to remotely monitor and control students’ computers. This allows the teacher to perform demonstrations, to close windows and to shut down the computer.
School budgets are tight (more on that another day), hence open source products, if robust enough are excellent value. The jury is still out on iTALC stability and functionality but that will be part of my inquiry. My current thinking however is that you cannot implement computer based learning and teaching unless these tools are available….
If you have any views, feel free to contact me.