As the dash towards digital becomes ever more frenzied, so Scoop It and other ‘curating’ (how I loathe that term!) mechanisms become ever more clogged with uncritical propaganda bombarding decent teachers with endless things that we’re all supposed to be keeping up with if we are to survive as teachers in the 21st century . . . and, perhaps predictably, many of them are utter dross and not worth wasting teachers’ time on, let alone students’ precious spare moments! Or do I mean extra moments? Or redundant ones? Or excess? All will be soon be revealed!
Book map. Sequence. Contents. All of these terms suggest that the course book is a predetermined learning journey for students; their participation or engagement is not required, they only need to listen and turn the page to the next activity when instructed. Learners are bystanders to their own learning journey rather then active participants.