There has been a great little series on Radio 4: "My teacher is an app". Dont be put off by the title, it's actually a rather telling glimpse at how new technology might (or might not) be making a difference to traditional methods of education. It's featured some scarily enthusiatic people singing the praises of having the teacher electronically linked to their pupils computer (so they can see exactly how they make their mistakes -- balanced by professors in the US worrying about the effect that MOOCS (Massive Open Online Courses) might have on traditional universities and university employment. Why employ a dozen philosophers at a medium sized state university, when you could get the students to watch the MOOCs from Harvard, and employ just a couple of adjuncts as personal back-up and graders? And how democratising are they anyway (there's an interesting article on that here).
Anyway, the last episode of the series is on at 8.00pm tomorrow (Monday), and it's a panel discussion with four experts, and a big audience, including "the nations ten best teachers" -- one of whom (errr yes) is me. Dont worry, I only agreed to go on after being assured that "the ten best teachers" headline was meant light-heartedly (thanks heavens -- as the thought of really getting up the nose of the thousands of far better teachers than me in the nation was not a happy one). It was all recorded a few weeks ago in the Great Hall at King's College London, where I showed up with a little group of my Cambridge students.
The whole thing took about 90 minutes, but it will have been edited down to just under 60. And I am now beginning to wonder which of my contributions will have made the final cut -- and which, maybe thankfully, not.