Complicated is different than complex which is what this is. Complicated is about knots that keep getting tighter and complexity is about the relational aspects that happen when humans are introduced into the equation. Having said this, the author makes great points about time, restructuring, and reflection.
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I liked the article. There are a couple of things I don't agree with necessarily or think they are overstated. For example, ed tech can be transformative. It is not a given. It requires pedagogy that works and helps make a difference for students. And, it doesn't necessarily break down silos. I agree it can, but under the right conditions. I think the way it is used by some it builds silos. Where I taught for 20 years, that is the way I would see the use of technology.
A key and critical point is the one about education needing to step up and take on the responsibility of teaching using ed tech.
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This is an excellent article that approaches the use of blogs as part of the learning scheme differently. Steven Wheeler used Pedagogy of the Oppressed to describe the way Paulo Freire might have responded in the digital age to e-learning.
This thinking has merit if we do not go overboard with it. We need to find the balance between digital and more traditional technologies. Both will continue to be necessary in the world we cannot plan for.
Do we want students to have relationships with information? Or do we want them to have relationships with people, present or distant, who help by providing information? Those are quite different. One makes humans a resource that provide information or an extension of technology. The other creates person-to-person relationships which constitutes inter-subjectivity.
We still need pedagogical relationships. The pedagogic practices used were conceived before the digital age, but I think as Steve Wheeler points out we can use those ideas and re-conceive what teaching and learning look like and the way they can evolve.
Educational technology should not be intrusive in the classroom. It should be designed in a way that makes the most of the real world of teachers, families and students, according to SXSWedu keynote speakers Vivienne Ming and Norma Ming, co-founders of educational technology startup Socos.
“We can build technology that provides amazing support without you ever realizing that it was there,” Vivienne told attendees. “Technology does not need to be intrusive.”
“Stop trying to disrupt everything,” she added. “There are systems out there. Integrate them. You’ll get so much more done that way. We’re not talking about big intrusive technology.”
Here are five lessons Vivienne and Norma shared with attendees to help educational technology designers — and others — keep the promise of educational technology in the classroom.
I think it might be hard to put an exact measure on completion rate. What students who enrolled in a MOOC got out of it might not be the same way as in a brick and mortar or even an online class where there are marks and you for the course. Students might still get what they wanted out of a MOOC without completing it. There is more at stake than completing perhaps.
I think education has one goal and that is the responsible emancipation of students through education. That means they have to become self-disciplined and apply freedom which is not an easy trick. Learning and education are not the same thing. Learning should be the flip side of the teaching coin when things work well. Education encompasses both. The etymological roots of education are educare which is nurturing and educere which is leading. Good education would make the conversations about technology irrelevant, because students and teachers would be able to make wise and prudent choices through their education.
There is a continuing need for many of these offering multiple paths towards Internet safety. It is interesting that our guru of technology where I worked would often discount the parental and teacher concerns as unwarranted.