As in every other enterprise, educators have discovered that using new technology to improve results can be a slow and sometimes hit-or-miss process. Educators are hampered as well by a natural divide that separates teachers, who are technology adopters, from students, who are digital natives.
For a number of years, researchers have been visiting classrooms to observe firsthand how middle school teachers to university faculty are negotiating the digital divide. They’re dedicated to learning how to support teachers on their journey to become learning coaches.
According to a recent FlexJobs report, over one-third of the American workers freelance — and education is one of the top-five industries with high demand for freelance laborers.
"Contract jobs in the education field seem to be keeping pace with the overall growth in flexible work we've seen in recent years," said Brie Reynolds, director of online content at FlexJobs. "Education and training is consistently among the top career fields for the number of flexible jobs posted each month, and has been since we started tracking these trends about five years ago. In looking at the number of freelance education/training jobs posted to FlexJobs in 2014 vs. 2015, we saw a 28% increase year over year".
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La progresiva integración de la tecnología en el aula dibuja un futuro en el que el uso de herramientas y recursos digitales en la educación será cada vez mayor. Pero, ¿cómo se está llevando a cabo dicha integración? ¿A qué retos se están enfrentando los colegios que han apostado por la implementación de un proyecto digital? ¿Qué pasos se deben seguir para lograr un rendimiento eficaz de la tecnología?
Con el fin de dar respuesta a estas y otras cuestiones, desde Blinklearning hemos impulsado una nueva edición del Estudio sobre el uso de la tecnología en el aula, que este año cumple su segunda edición y que tiene un doble objetivo:
Conocer la opinión de los docentes en lo referente al estado de la educación en general y del uso de la tecnología en el aula en particular.Identificar potenciales mejoras en el proceso de adaptación de la tecnología en la educación.
The objective of this study is to investigate the systemic conditions that contribute or inhibit the development of different activities by teachers making use of new media. We compiled a list of well-known conditions for technology integration success and mapped these in the historical and culturally bound perspective of activity theory (cultural historical activity theory). We conducted a multiple case study analysis of four schools, public and private. The results point to unique and distinctive scenarios even when homogeneity would be expected, reinforcing the argument that material conditions do not determine pedagogical outcomes nor do they determine changes in practice. Beyond this, the study proposes a methodology that can help elicit tensions in technology integration, pointing to avenues for school development.
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