Humans are becoming familiar with digital technology and devices earlier than ever. In fact, more than half of children between the ages of five and eight have already used tablets to play or learn, according to some research. For kids between the ages of six and 12, the iPad was the most coveted gadget last Christmas. Tablets are permeating family life, too; in households that own a device, kids 12 and under get their hands on it more often than not.
Hybrid Pedagogy is an academic and networked journal of teaching and technology that combines the strands of critical and digital pedagogy to arrive at the best social and civil uses of technology and digital media in education.
"Debates about education are by no means new: What’s the best way to teach? What’s the best way to learn? What should the curriculum be? Who should have access to specialized knowledge and specialized training? How does technology impact all of these questions? ......
Rather than outline the history of education or the history of education theory from Plato the philosopher to PLATO the online learning system, here is a brief overview of 5 of the 20th century’s most important educational theorists. Their influence can still be felt today, both in how we view the educational system and the educational process.....
Implied here, of course, is that knowing both the history of education and theories of education are important. The case for the former is made best, arguably, by George Santayana: “Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” The case for the latter: we all have theories about how and what people should teach and learn – whether we are conscious of this or not, whether we have studied the subject formally or not. In part, it’s because we all have experiences as learners and as students. Recognizing this and in turn looking to the work of those who’ve thought deeply and researched extensively on the subject can help us think critically about how we approach education – again, as a system and a process."
DIGITAL HUMANITIES SUMMER INSTITUTE 2012 | UNIVERSITY OF VICTORIA
"Intended for teaching faculty, instructors, librarians, and graduate students, this course provides a “best practices” approach to using digital humanities tools and processes in humanities courses for the purposes of communication, collaboration and facility of research. The course will unfold along two parallel tracks,  an overview of how best to incorporate DH tools into a given syllabus—how to harness DH tools to support larger pedagogical objectives, set goals, and manage expectations, and  a practical examination of a variety of DH tools, from those serving the needs of a particular course (e.g., “home-built” digital editions, wikis, blogs, websites, GIS/Google Maps, and content management systems such as Moodle) to more general purpose, web 2.0 tools (e.g., Zotero, Prezi, Twitter, YouTube, and Dipity). Across the five days of DHSI, the course will move from a theoretical to a practical framework."
A wonderful set of resources here which I came across on reading this article:
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"Are students addicted to their phones? We don’t need a study to know they are. But why? What is the biggest reason they can’t put their phones down? We now know the answer(s) thanks to Answer Underground. They’re resident experts in the area of mobile learning since they have a free app that connects students with information through a study group Q&A environment."
The Khan Academy has been in the education news though it’s not the kind of publicity that its founder, Salman Khan, would have chosen if given the choice. 'In the kingdom of the blind, the one eyed man is king'.
YouTube is packed full of educational stuff to share with students. It is usually our first choice when thinking about video resources online. It is true that YouTube interface is not student friendly particularly with the annoying ads and sometimes irrelevant and indecent content on the list of the featured videos but thanks to web technologies , we can now use these awesome tools to easily control the content that is displayed on YouTube and make it educationally relevant platform for our students.
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