Response to criticisms EME 5054 FOUNDATIONS OF ED TECH REBECCA PLEASANT
The seven basic criticisms: Teachers are not given the training, time and incentives to utilize technology effectively in the classroom. Computers cannot replace the social interactions necessary for healthy child development. Computers cannot replace the three dimensional interactions and sensations that are required for healthy child development. Computers do not offer real life problem solving, critical thinking and creativity skills necessary in life and work. Putting a quality face-to-face class curriculum on-line doesn’t necessarily create a quality on-line class. ‘No good evidence exists that most uses of computers significantly improve teaching and learning, yet school districts are cutting programs – music, art, physical education – that enrich children’s lives to make room for this dubious nostrum. Ironically, a half-dozen preliminary studies recently suggested that music and art classes may build the physical size of a child’s brain’. Many of the studies surrounding educational technology lack the necessary scientific controls and validity.
Instructional Technology: Looking Backward, Thinking Forward A brief (and incomplete) snapshot of the past 100+ years of educational technology . http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KdwEIi22Dv8&feature=fvw
CRITICISM # 1 Teachers are not given the training, time and incentives to utilize technology effectively in the classroom. Continue what they have always done No incentives Fear Accountability Union impact Blocking Competition Baggage
Helping Teachers to Use Technology in the Classroom Ronn Waters talks about helping teachers to use technology in the classroom . http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GVtvSTfI8WM&feature=related
Google Teacher Academy The Google Teacher Academy is a FREE professional development experience designed to help K-12 educators get the most from innovative technologies. Each Academy is an intensive, one-day event where participants get hands-on experience with Google's free products and other technologies, learn about innovative instructional strategies, receive resources to share with colleagues, and immerse themselves in an innovative corporate environment. Upon completion, Academy participants become Google Certified Teachers who share what they learn with other K-12 educators in their local region. http://www.google.com/educators/gta.html
Learning to Change-Changing to Learn Learning to Change Changing to Learn Advancing K-12 Technology Leadership, Consortium for School Networking(COSN) Video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tahTKdEUAPk&feature=PlayList&p=87F4A14DF67A81FB&playnext=1&playnext_from=PL&index=4
Do you Teach or Do you Educate? "Education is not the filling of a vessel, but the kindling of a flame." - Socrates http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W0fJKvdjQgs&NR=1
CRITICISM # 2 Computers cannot replace the social interactions necessary for healthy child development. Worldwide communication Multiple perspectives Diversity of views Social norms Negotiating
The Twitter Experiement – Univ of Texas at Dallas Dr. Rankin, professor of History at UT Dallas, wanted to know how to reach more students and involve more people in class discussions both in and out of the classroom. She had heard of Twitter... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6WPVWDkF7U8
Grown Up Digital: Meet the Net Generation Don Tapscott, author of Grown Up Digital: Meet the Net Generation In his book Grown Up Digital, Don Tapscott argues that Mark Bauerlein author of The Dumbest Generation and other short-sighted cynics have failed to see the distinctive and profound gifts the current generation has to offer. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bmXrnUSdT78&NR=1
Shifting Ideas of Collaborative Work: Does Technology Impede or Bridge Collaboration? This project consisted of observing a classroom's use of technology and how that technology fit into the classroom dynamic. Students were asked to share laptops and collaboratively work on writing assignment http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VNajkByrqBs
CRITICISM # 3 Computers cannot replace the three dimensional interactions and sensations that a required for healthy child development. Content quality Curriculum integration Ease of access Total immersion
Mixed Reality Learning Media: effects in classroom education With problems regarding the Thai education system, Larngear Technology aims to solve it with our Mixed Reality Learning Media, a new instructional aid and teaching tools for teachers. It is demonstrated with a chemistry class utilizing 3 D molecules. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iT2ek8N0VlY
No Future Left Behind This film was created as the Keynote for Net Generation Education Project: http://netgened.grownupdigi... When kids at the Suffern Middle School were asked to talk about education and their future http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kra_z9vMnHo&feature=PlayList&p=87F4A14DF67A81FB&index=16
Remote Response System Brings Technology into the Classroom Few psychology students fall asleep in class -- that is, when they study sleep cycles, dreaming and sleep deprivation using a radio frequency audience response system. With remote control units, "c... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DaQRHzB-Qwc
Evolution of Technology and Teaching Advances in technology have powered paradigmatic shifts in education (Frick, 1991)...the video from the award winning authors of Fluency in Distance Learning. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=suWzpLmRH0g&feature=related
CRITICISM # 4 Computers do not offer real life problem solving, critical thinking and creativity skills necessary in life and work. Autonomous problem-solvers Teamwork Collaboration Risk taking Problem-solvers
Why We Need To Teach Technology in School This video describes why I believe technology is so important in our schools. Technology prepares students for lives in the future. It also engages students http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_VnHdqpE4RM&feature=related
The Evolution of Technology and the Human Race A look at the advancement and evolution of technology and the human race. Utilizing technology allows students to do advanced critical thinking and learn the skills necessary to keep up with technology and the human race. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JcSzqm5Whwc&feature=fvw
CRITICISM # 5 Putting a quality face-to-face class curriculum on-line doesn’t necessarily create a quality on-line class. Learner Environment Competency Capacity Connections Accountability Technology first/education later
Face-to-face vs. online training Bill and Hillary discuss a few considerations for designing workplace training. Video created with xtranormal technology for the Trends in Training class at the University of Texas at Tyler. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uiYTIXMlKNs
CRITICISM # 6 ‘No good evidence exists that most uses of computers significantly improve teaching and learning, yet school districts are cutting programs – music, art, physical education – that enrich children’s lives to make room for this dubious nostrum. Ironically, a half-dozen preliminary studies recently suggested that music and art classes may build the physical size of a child’s brain’. Decrease faculty numbers Increase faculty salary/retention/recruitment
Music and Technology Music Technology http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z7aWjdSDU_M A combination of music and cutting-edge technology lies at the heart of two research projects undertaken in the South West of England. At the Arts Institute at Bournemouth, research students have b...
Art and Technology Creativity Express - Children's Animated Art Education Creativity Express curriculum is an innovative combination of technology and art resulting in a revolutionary approach to teaching art history, art appreciation, and digital art. The program owes i.. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KIZpxUuZjMQ
CRITICISM # 7 Many of the studies surrounding educational technology lack the necessary scientific controls and validity. Human variables Teacher bias Student and faculty perceptions Teacher quality Social revolution
The Viral Education Project The viral education project (vir-ed) is a media research project looking at how we can adopt creative dissemination strategies from web 2.0 philosophy to engage people in higher education and learning. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nX8LTMf_c8Q
Traditional Teaching Traditional teaching Ferris Buehler http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GVtvSTfI8WM&feature=related
Technology Enhanced Active Learning Strategies Online collaborative interactive white boards can be an effective tool to promote active learning in the classroom.
eSNTechWatch: Educational Technology: What Works Cheryl Lemke, head of the ed-tech research firm The Metiri Group, recently completed a comprehensive review of existing studies on technology's impact on learning. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wMDpyaIl1KA
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