This is, for me, the biggest change — not a switch in rules, but a switch in how I see my role. Professors are at least as bad at estimating how interesting we are as the students are at estimating their ability to focus. Against oppositional models of teaching and learning, both negative — Concentrate, or lose out!—and positive — Let me attract your attention! — I’m coming to see student focus as a collaborative process. It’s me and them working to create a classroom where the students who want to focus have the best shot at it, in a world increasingly hostile to that goal.
Every faculty meeting I try to provide 5 short blurbs about educational technology – helpful resources, teaching ideas, and research trends. This month, there’s a few news/update items, and I’m re-introducing my tumblr/blog that I encourage you to use as a resource.
- Video announcements
- Moodle requirement for 2015-16
- Faculty technology self-assessment survey
- Gwen’s blog – in the cloud
Check your email for more details and a 1 day back-channel if you have questions, ideas, or just want me to connect with you.
Wanted: Long-Term Thinking about Technology and Education
The rampant spread of technology-mediated learning has set off fits of hype and hand-wringing—yet the U.S.’s traditional centers of higher education have mostly failed to confront the pace of change and the implications for students. There is probably no way anyone can keep up with this transformation: the technology is simply evolving too rapidly. Nevertheless, we keep trying. Will these developments truly serve our goals for advanced education? We need to know urgently.
image via flickr:CC | karola riegler photography
Important Questions About Technology and Learning
- What do we want technology to do in schools?
- Does more money equal increased learning?
- If we buy a lot of expensive technology and sometimes use it ineffectively, or dangerously, what does that get us?
- Are we asking the right questions about technology, learning, and schools?
- What world will our students exit school into?
- What skills will they need to be successful? Collaboration - Communication - Creativity - Divergent thinking
- We need technology to help foster these skills, and point our students in the right direction
- Is the way we are using technology now turning our students ‘off’ to the people and the world around them?