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The Song Remains the Same: Looking Back to the Furture of Educational Technology January 16, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — leahdewhurst @ 10:52 am

I enjoyed reading this article, and the attempt it made to acknowledge the power of technology and the use of it in education.  From the example this article explored (moon simulation), shows the many different ways that ICT can be used to stimulate the imagination of students, help them make meaning, and evaluate the outcomes. What resonated with me was the quote, “… the call to educators is the same—adapted to meet the needs of our rapidly changing technology” (p.1).  Like the article had mentioned it’s about developing  the teachers ICT competence.  The use of ICT for creative teaching, learning challenges a person’s computer technological skills and ways to integrate these skills into delivery to the students.  I think we play such an important role in designing and planning stimulating environments that offer a variety of experiences.

Choosing and knowing the correct ICT products can also be a struggle.  I found a great blog called iLearn Technology that provides many new and intriguing open source tools for the classroom.  But as I learned, it takes many hours out of my day to learn how to use these new tools.  However the investment of my time to learning these new technologies I believe has definitely made an impact in my classroom in regards to engagement. 

Another quote that resonated with me was, “technology is always changing and jumping from one ‘revolutionary’ invention to the next, then, in time it takes to learn how to use that technology, it has already become obsolete” (pg.2).  Our school purchased a smart board for each grade level and now we have begun the journey of how to incorporate this new technology in the classroom.  A smart board has so many options that it has definitely taken a long time to learn how to use it and how to use it effectively.  I agree that it’s not about “chasing” the new technology but, “developing strategies and approaches that are flexible and context sensitive, that we can best serve our students” (pg. 3).

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4 Responses to “The Song Remains the Same: Looking Back to the Furture of Educational Technology”

  1. I’m glad that you found iLearn Technology! I hope that it is helpful in your quest to integrate technology into your classroom. You are absolutely right, it does take a time investment to learn how to use the tools, but as you are seeing the engagement of students makes it worth it.
    Best,
    Kelly Tenkely

  2. angiebalkwill Says:

    Leah – I am curious to know how your school division is supporting the staff and students with the implementation of the school-wide smartboard initiative. I know in some divisions, purchases are made but the level of support (financially and colleagial is limitied to nill). Just curious how it is working for you.
    Angie Balkwill

  3. Marnie Says:

    Leah – You comment about chasing the latest technologies is a good one. There is a certain seduction for many in being on top of the latest, greatest tools. I have had times of being caught there but my work with teachers and students always tends to anchor me in reality. What tools can be used that are time efficient (learning time) and that actually support the learning by allowing learners to do things not otherwise possible? What are the tools and spaces and interactions that actually improve or enhance the learning? SmartBoards are an example to a certain extent – too often I see them as being used for large projection devices or for creating digital worksheets. Is this enhancing the learning? Many applications of this tool can but we often have to muddle through low-end uses often before we take that critical eye and explore the high-end uses. Good luck with your explorations within this class.

  4. Trisha Says:

    Thanks for the iLearn blog. I think I will follow that one too!


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