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How Does Technology Facilitate Learning? | Education.com

How Does Technology Facilitate Learning? | Education.com | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it
This article discusses how technology can be used as an educational tool in the classroom to foster meaningful learning.

 

Some of the first educational technologies were illustrations in 17th-century books and slate chalkboards in 18th-century classrooms. Educational technologies in the 20th century include lantern-slide and opaque projectors, later radio, and then motion pictures. During the 1950s, programmed instruction emerged as the first true educational technology, that is, the first technology developed specifically to meet educational needs. With every other technology, including computers, educators recognized its importance and debated how to apply each nascent commercial technology for educational purposes. Unfortunately, educators have almost always tried to use technologies to teach students in the same ways that teachers had always taught. So information was recorded in the technology (e.g., the content presented by films and television programs), and the technology presented that information to the students. The students’ role was to learn the information presented by the technology, just as they learned information presented by the teacher. The role of the technology was to deliver lessons to students, just as trucks deliver groceries to supermarkets (Clark, 1983).

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If you deliver groceries, people will eat. If you deliver instruction, students will learn. Not necessarily! Learn why later in the article...

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Why online education is mostly a fantasy

Why online education is mostly a fantasy | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it

"If you listen to the advocates of online learning, MOOCs and Internet-based courses will cure all of our education problems. Just hand out some Android tablets, stream some courses in Python, and sit back and watch as everyone magically becomes a highly productive knowledge worker propelling the United States to new heights of economic prosperity. But this vision of online learning is so ridiculous I’m waiting for Ricardo Montalban to show up in a white suit and welcome these people to Fantasy Island."

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Did this article ever hit home! While I am not an advocate of disbanning online learning, I do see extreme merit in a combination of online and face-to-face. Our daughter, Nicole, is presently working toward her Master's Degree in finance. While she has performed extremely well in both the classroom and online environments, she was told recently by one of her professors that she would have better success in landing that higher salaried job at the executive level if she allowed her education to venture outside the virtual into the real world. In other words, interact face-to-face with teachers, professors, students, for there is a plethora of learning to be made outside the boundaries of a keyboard! Afterall, when the education is complete, doesn't the 'job' require personal communication and the ability to communicate effectively?

 

I find this also true in my own educational consultant work which has transitioned from the face-to-face to totally online. It is often very difficult to put into the written word what could so easily be communicated face-to-face. We are not all born writers but we are certainly all born talkers!

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TeachersPayTeachers.com - An Open Marketplace for Original Lesson Plans and Other Teaching Resources

TeachersPayTeachers.com -- 400,000+ free and priced teaching resources created by teachers for download including lesson plans, unit plans, novel studies,
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In a society (that's right, in America!) where education is definitely NOT at the top of the totem pole, survival is dependent upon teachers helping teachers. The doctors, lawyers, corrporate executives, etc., would not be where they are today without teachers! Can you imagine going to a doctor or hiring a lawyer who may not have even acquired a GED? I don't think so.

 

Then, why isn't a higher importance placed on the role of the teacher? Why is the teacher the one underpaid and overworked? Something is gravely amiss! Isn't it more feasible to place education at the top with all others residing under this foundational umbrella? Would this be the key to unlocking the door for teachers who are indeed highly qualified to either seek or perhaps remain in education?

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Why Scoopit Is Becoming An Indispensable Learning Tool

Why Scoopit Is Becoming An Indispensable Learning Tool | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it

"Implementing Scoop.it in the classroom was an “Aha!” moment, and I think you’ll have the same experience." wrote Leanna Johnson in this review of Scoop.it and curation in an educational context.


Via Gerrit Bes, MARY HELEN FERRIS
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Scoop.it and I fell in love at first glance.

 

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I agree!  Once you find the right curators and develop relationships with them, they turn into mentors. Some of them are very successful, industry experts, and deeply respected.  Some material gets put out months before they're covered in a college class.  The trick is to be discerning as to what is merely a fad versus a long-term trend. ;)

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Will this be the new MOODLE?

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Professor Encourages His Students to Cheat in Order to Teach Them Game Theory

Professor Encourages His Students to Cheat in Order to Teach Them Game Theory | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it
Peter Nonacs, professor of biology at UCLA, teaches Game Theory in his Behavioral Ecology course.
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Talk about sizzlin'...Don't let the title fool you! This is an AWESOME find. An incredible learning experience indeed! Read it to believe it...

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Amazing Spoken Word Poet Breaks Down Why We Must Push Back Against Society's Definition of Success | Education on GOOD

Amazing Spoken Word Poet Breaks Down Why We Must Push Back Against Society's Definition of Success | Education on GOOD | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it

"Are the most successful students the ones who ace every test? Nowadays we measure and rank students, teachers, schools, and entire nations according to test results. If you don't score well, you're labeled a failure. But in "I Will Not Let an Exam Result Decide My Fate" 20-something North London-based spoken word poet Suli Breaks raises the call for education to be more relevant to the real world, and for push back against the use of tests to decide which students have talent and will be successful:"

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While this article may be breaking news on this day, April 27, 2013, it is not something entirely new. I retired with almost 30 years in the educational field and still work as an educational consultant in retirement. It has been researched and documented decades upon decades that if instruction is not made relevant, that is, recognized as being applicable to the real world, students will be turned off to learning! With that being stated, I beg the question, "Why do we still teach to test or teach to the test?"

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Assessments for an Academic Growth Purpose - Not Punitive Measures, or Teaching to the Test | Books That Sow

Assessments for an Academic Growth Purpose - Not Punitive Measures, or Teaching to the Test | Books That Sow | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it
Are teachers teaching to the test and afterwards using results for punitive measures? I hope not. Test results should be used to move students forward.
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Teaching to the test? BAD idea!

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