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  • All Brainstorm on Mind Map
  • Digital native: http://www.flickr.com/photos/cole007/4479675163/Sky:http://www.flickr.com/photos/27518426@N03/3874225648/
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  • Bringing MachshavahtoMachshevim
    A Mindful Approach to Technologyin Jewish Education
  • Where We’re Going
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/petrilli/524469845/
  • תְּרוּמָה
  • Why Technology in Jewish Education?
  • Four Central Arguments forTechnology in Education
  • Digital Natives
    :
  • There are also no such things as “digital natives.”
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/45688888@N08/4191381737/
  • Just because many of today’s youth are growing up in a society dripping with technology does not mean that they inherently know how to use it....
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/wfryer/2959807121/
  • Understanding technology requires learning.
    danahboyd, “It is easy to fall in love with technology…” http://wp.nmc.org/future/ideas/danah-boyd/
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/center_for_jewish_history/4423194804/
  • Efficiency
    :
  • For the first time in history, the human mind is a direct productive force, not just a decisive element of the production system…
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/24293932@N00/3232437082/
  • Thus, computers (and) communications systems… are all amplifiers and extensions of the human mind.
  • What we think, and how we think, become expressed in goods, services, material and intellectual output…
    Manuel Castells, The Rise of the Network Society, p.31
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/dcmaster/4687461168/
  • Endless Possibilities
    :
  • the more we learn to conform to the available choices, the more predictable and machine-like we become ourselves.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/thorinside/224186451/
  • We train ourselves to stay between the lines, like an image dragged onto a “snap-to" grid: it never stays quite where we put it, but jerks up and over to the closest available place on the predetermined map.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/stefanobe/2536181741/
  • Likewise, through our series of choices about the news we read, feeds to which we subscribe, and websites we visit, we create a choice filter around ourselves.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/nittpick/3739987200/
  • Friends and feeds we may have chosen arbitrarily or because we were forced in the past, soon become the markers through which our programs and search engines choose what to show us next.
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    Our choices narrow our world, as the infinity of possibility is lost in the translation to binary code.
    Douglas Rushkoff, Program or be Programmed, http://www.boingboing.net/2010/09/27/program-or-be-progra.html
  • Just-So_ Stories
    :
  • “Just-So” Stories
    The just-so account supposes that change has to happen in just a certain way, each step leading implacably to the next; the maker could do and think no other…
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/contemporaryjewishmuseum/4906104286/
  • This just-so explanation is entirely
    retrospective in character.
  • Looking back in time… it appears perfectly logical that the free-spinning wheel would cause a change from rope coiling to drawing up a pot, but how could the person who first replaced his or her gourd with a stone know what we know?
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/smithsonian/2553825128/
  • Perhaps the potter was puzzled, perhaps exhilarated—which are more engaged states of consciousness than “it had to happen just like this.”
    Richard Sennett, The Craftsman, p. 122
  • To use technology or not
    to use technology…
    Sink or Swim?
    Missing the Boat?
    Us vs. Them?
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/24443965@N08/2649932391/
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/nationalmaritimemuseum/3837184514/
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/taylorhood/59867611/
    …should not be the question.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/purplemattfish/3141017889/
  • MacDonald & Shirley, 2009
  • Recognizing Opportunities andAccepting Complexity
  • Allowing Emotional Longingsand Aspirations
  • Pausing andTaking an Inner Account
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/astroguy/2453830302/
  • Deep and Thorough
    Understanding
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/smithsonian/2548928970/
  • Ethical Conviction and
    Action
  • Skillful Blending
  • Educators and Communities
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/kubina/471164507/
  • What We Do With Today’s Technology
  • What We Do With Today’s TechnologyIn Education
  • WebQuests
    http://www.zunal.com/
  • WebQuests
    “A webquest is an assignment which asks students to use the World Wide Web to learn about and/or synthesize their knowledge (of) a specific topic.”
    Source: http://www.teachersfirst.com/summer/webquest/quest-b.shtml
  • WebQuests
  • Museum Box
    http://museumbox.e2bn.org/
  • VoiceThread
  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/gerardmontigny/144109317/
  • VoiceThread
  • Rejecting technological determinism should be a mantra in our professional conversations.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/runran/3357279334/
  • It’s really easy to get in the habit of seeing a new shiny piece of technology and just assume that we can dump it into an educational setting and !voila! miracles will happen.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/kansasphoto/2917436006/
  • Yet, we also know that the field of dreams is merely that, a dream.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/werkunz/3599784525/
  • Dumping laptops into a classroom does no good if a teacher doesn’t know how to leverage the technology for educational purposes. Building virtual worlds serves no educational purpose without curricula that connects a lesson plan with the affordances of the technology.
    danahboyd, “It is easy to fall in love with technology…” http://wp.nmc.org/future/ideas/danah-boyd/
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/mr_beaver/4343206061/
  • Thank You
    Jeremy Price
    Doctoral Candidate
    Technology and Science Education
    pricejn@bc.edu
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/jenosaur/4051305996/
    http://bit.ly/nate-jfp