Welcome to my first ECI 833 blog. We were asked to do the following: write a blog post exploring your personal understanding of educational technology. What might a contemporary definition of educational technology look like? How has your own understanding and practice of using educational technology been shaped (consciously or not) by the rich historical and philosophical contexts? So I tried to be a bit creative with a podcast, vlog, reading reflections, and learnings from my peers and I really enjoyed the experience and hope you do to. Enjoy the ride.
Have a listen to my personal ed tech journey (great on a walk, drive, cleaning the bathroom, or in backyard having a beverage).
Found a great infographic of Education Technology through out the years. Have a look and listen on this journey that goes back to the future.
Learnings / Musings from Readings
- Neil Postman – Five things we need to know about technological change
“We need to proceed with our eyes wide open so that we many use technology rather than be used by it.”
So grateful to be taking these ECI classes as this has been a theme throughout (especially in our ECI 830 debates). We are better teachers and humans when we follow this sage advice.
- Michael Molenda – Historical foundations
“Technology: The application of scientific or other organized knowledge to practical tasks
I like this simple yet effective definition (similar to the one I spoke on my vlog and Tarina mentions in her blog).
- Tony Bates – A short history of educational technology
“However, what distinguishes the digital age from all previous ages is the rapid pace of technology development and our immersion in technology-based activities in our daily lives.”
I don’t think anyone could have predicted what has happened especially in last 30 years since the internet began. I still don’t think I can grasp what has happened in my lifetime and even hard to relate to my own past as a result.
- Audrey Watters – School work and surveillance
“Every student is guilty until the algorithm proves their innocence.” Hard to build trust when this is the first thing that comes to mind when a student writes a paper or does a project. Many need to focus more on process rather than just final product.
- Audrey Watters – The 100 worst edtech debacles of the decade
“Everyone Should Learn to Code”
Interesting points but shouldn’t just focus on silicon valley. Computational thinking is good for the mind and people can solve some wicked problems with coding.
- Clark vs. Kosma – The media debate.
“Perhaps we should ask, what are the actual and potential relationships between media and learning?”
This debate was a little ahead of its time as social media has definitely had a tremendous impact on this area.
Things That Resonated For Me From My Classmates
Alyssa – I think that students benefit from using a variety of technologies both old and new to gain the knowledge they need to be successful in today’s society; after all one size doesn’t fit all. https://alyssamckenzieedtech.wordpress.com/2020/09/21/defining-contemporary-educational-technology/
Amanda – EdTech needs to have deeper meaning and purpose, because at the end of the day, EdTech is not the teacher. https://edtechendeavours.com/category/eci833/
Catherine – A major conclusion was that digital technology in education is not optional and can and should bring joy and engagement. https://catherinereadyed.wordpress.com/category/eci-833/
Curtis – Teachers need to be mindful that it isn’t about the next big tech tool, or about implementing 30 different apps and programs in their teaching practice. https://mmeowensblog.wordpress.com/2020/09/20/my-thoughts-are-my-own-arent-they/https://curtisbourassa.wordpress.com/2020/09/21/a-personal-understanding-of-educational-technology/
Dalton I think that is the key to Ed Tech; it needs to improve and enhance the learning experience, not impede or simply replace pen and paper with MS Word. https://danaherd.wordpress.com/2020/09/21/what-is-ed-tech/
Jennifer – I think that educational technology, when integrated wisely, has the ability to bring endless possibilities, but it is our responsibility to take a step back, consider why we believe the things we believe, and how can we ensure that we are never going in blindly. https://mmeowensblog.wordpress.com/2020/09/20/my-thoughts-are-my-own-arent-they/
Jenny – A few colleagues showed me ways they were using them but told me you just play around and will figure it out. https://jennyweinrauch.wordpress.com/
Jocelyn – We are often provided with new sources of technology in our schools but there is little to no training on how to use them. https://wigmorej.wordpress.com/2020/09/18/educational-technology/
Kristina – One particular perspective that he wrote about was to think about who advances and who is left behind when an advance in technology is made. https://kristinalsb.blogspot.com/2020/09/i-enjoyed-neil-postmans-perspective-in.html
Leigh All the devices in the world don’t mean anything without thoughtful and careful planning around their use. https://whentheteacherbecomesthestudent.wordpress.com/2020/09/20/september-20-2020-my-perspective-and-understanding-of-educational-technology/
Linnea This brings me great joy for my own children, but makes my heart ache for those who have less of an opportunity to learn the basics of digital citizenship let alone be able to unleash their creative side in the digital world. https://linneawiszniak.wordpress.com/2020/09/21/my-thoughts-on-educational-technology-the-past-vs-the-present/
Lisa So I hope our world finds a healthy balance between “plugged in, turned on, charged up” technology and good ol’ paper technology. https://lisafrazer25.wordpress.com/2020/09/19/the-price-of-technology/
Matt With this in mind, as educators, we need to take the time to do our “due diligence” when integrating new technologies within our classroom and ensure that the advantages of the technology outweigh the disadvantages. https://mattbresciani.weebly.com/eci-833/shaped-by-the-past-education-technology
Megan Reflecting now, it is clear that the technology was not only being integrated meaningfully into the learning experience but the enhanced access to knowledge in labs and classrooms and accessing it would have changed my experience entirely. https://megansedstuff.wordpress.com/2020/09/21/evolved-perspective-of-education-technologies/
Meria I’m sure it is possible to do well online but I’m not there yet. https://meiramcnevin.wordpress.com/2020/09/20/example-post-2/
Melinda Since teachers are at different levels in the area of Technological Knowledge as well as comfort level, I think there is a lot more work to be done in order to reach to the point where technology is not only used as a time filler. https://edusites.uregina.ca/demeteredtech/2020/09/19/my-personal-understanding-of-educational-technology/
Nancy That Postman point about using not being used by it resonated with me too. https://nancysmithgrad.blogspot.com/2020/09/education-technology.html
Shelby In order for educational technology to help us into the future of education, we need to develop more ways of educating teachers on HOW to incorporate it effectively as well as USE it authentically. https://shelbymackey.wordpress.com/category/eci-833/
Tammy Today, I find the educational tools available enable me to offer my students multiple means to show what they know, tapping into and supporting their diverse interests and ways they learn, think, and work. https://tammyfriesen.wordpress.com/2020/09/21/educational-technology-friend-or-foe/
Tarina I think of educational technology as any tools or technologies that assist in the education of our students. https://tksweblog.wordpress.com/2020/09/20/educational-technology-my-limited-understanding/
Trevor In a world full of technology, I believe it’s crucial that we teach our students the critical thinking skills to be successful. https://trevorkerr7.wordpress.com/2020/09/20/thoughts-on-educational-technology/
Thanks for listening, watching, and reading