Teacher and TechnologyCourse Summary EDUB 1990 Winter 2013 Dr. R Redekopp
So whats really important?You as a learner/teacherYou as a teacher/performerTech as a helper to understanding - RWLTech as a gift to those who dont express themselves well in writing
Meta-Teach-NitionWhat to do when there is nothing else to do:• Watch – especially people who are not like you• Listen – especially to people who are not like you• Learn - that others are different and you need to understand
It’s not about YOUIt is about:• Mainly your students and their learning• Making your work easier and/or more interesting• In other words – pedagogy and policy• AND you don’t need to know everything!!
Your TurnTell 3 or 4 people near you:•One or two of the things you seen in the lab or thepresentations that you are most likely to use.
The Way We Will beNear Future – Many computers per student
How hard is this going to be?• Very – if you need to know and control everything.• Moderate – because you have to set some things upinitially (web space, RWLs, collecting assignments,easing into new ways of marking, etc)•Manageable - once you have used things a few timesand make things work for you.
The ‘engagement’ argument• Is it enough to just have cool tools?• Is engagement that simple?• What happened with TV, film, filmstrips, whiteboards,coloured chalk, laser discs ???• Is infusion the answer? (Apologies to LwICT)
Your TurnTell 3 or 4 people near you:•Are you more ‘right’ or ‘left’ brained•How do you best remember things? Memory, paper,audio, apps, email?
So what are we really getting?Consider the tech bias:• White, western, middle class, male, efficient, discrete parts, speed…• Are the Amish right (fewer choices are better)? Where has thistaken us?•Hans Roslings 200 Countries, 200 Years, 4 Minutes - The Joy ofStats - BBC Four•http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jbkSRLYSojo
Your TurnTell 3 or 4 people near your biggest concerns/needsabout technology and your classroom
And what comes with it?• Cyber-bullying• Identity theft• Too much info• Bad info• Disconnectedness (while over connected)
But don’t be discouragedThere are some huge benefits to using technology -especially for those who dont fit into the system!We need to consider the best ways to use and adoptthese technologies – that’s where the fun lies.We will need to give up some control – the info is now outthere for all, just like Gutenberg opened up the Bible tothe public (using a wine press!).