“The modern world is fast-paced and dynamic; it can only be negotiated effectively through the use of technology. If we do not prepare students to adapt to new technology, we are simply failing them.” – Matt Pitts, UK
With registration for the Global Enterprise Challenge officially closed, it’s a perfect time to focus on three of the key educators who help make the GEC successful.
Today, we’re featuring Matt Pitts, a teacher at Broadclyst Community Primary School, who always knew that education was his calling. “I grew up in a family that inspired me to learn,” says Pitts. “They gave me opportunities to be curious about the world around me and I grew up to be an inquisitive learner. I decided that I wanted to be in a career that gave other children the same opportunity.”
And while taking part in the GEC is a central part of Pitts’s role, project-based learning takes many forms in Pitts’s classwork. Whether it’s through writing and editing a school newspaper, composing soundtracks for Shakespeare’s Macbeth, or communicating with their sister school in Ethiopia, Pitts sees himself as a guide to helping his students accomplish more than they could imagine.
“When I was newly qualified, a particularly troubled child joined my class,” notes Pitts. “We could see that he was bright, but he lacked confidence in his own competence. After a video news project, created in our school TV studio, he saw that he was capable of producing a piece of work that looked and sounded fantastic. This was a real turning point for him, after which his behavior and engagement improved.”
Enjoy today’s Daily Edventure with Matt Pitts, and stay tuned this week as we share even more from the Global Enterprise Challenge.
Every educator has amazing stories to share. What was a defining moment in your career when you felt proudest to be an educator?
My proudest moment as a teacher was watching my class run a living history day at a local historical house. They wrote and performed scenes around the site to an excellent standard. We received some great feedback from visitors and the learning journey of the children was plain for all to see.
Why do you feel passionate about innovation and technology in the classroom? Can you share a particular instance in which technology helped transform the work of your students?
The modern world is fast-paced and dynamic; it can only be negotiated effectively through the use of technology. If we do not prepare students to adapt to new technology, we are simply failing them.
Whether it’s a day-to-day challenge or larger problem, what’s the biggest obstacle you or your country or region has had to overcome, or will have to overcome, to ensure a quality education for students?
After an overhaul of the English National Curriculum, teaching computing and programming has become statutory. It is an exciting challenge to equip teachers with ideas for innovative project-based work that teaches students this increasingly important skill. In our school, we are using products like Kodu and Project Spark.
In terms of education innovation, what are you most excited about for the future? What is your biggest hope for today’s students?
With the breadth of collaborative and cloud-based technologies available, I believe that as teachers we have the ability to take learning out of the traditional school context. Instead, while learning might be organized or led by the school, children should be able to engage with projects and lessons from any location. I would hope that this shift would provide students with the stimulus to be learners in all areas of their lives, not just at school.
About Matt Pitts
Broadclyst Community Primary School
- Educational background: BA Education Studies, PGCE Primary Humanities, currently studying MEd in Technology, Creativity and Thinking.
- Website I check every day: YouTube
- Favorite book: The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
- Favorite Microsoft product, tool, technology: I am useless at keeping paper copies, so Microsoft OneNote is a perfect for me.
- What is the best advice you have ever received? “Never do tomorrow what you can do today.”- My Grandad