Technology and Education

Bobvis:

Notice how the iPod is not a way to use technology to entertain yourself. No one asks "how can I manage to get more technology into my music listening? That would be putting technology in front. Instead, it is a way to entertain yourself that happens to use technology.

From what I have seen, no educators have understood this critical distinction. No one has *started* with asking how students learn and then searched for how technology can help that process. Instead, they ask how they can stick technology into the classroom regardless of what actually goes on in the classroom. The end result is miserable utilization of these tools.

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Overstated

From what I have seen, no educators have understood this critical distinction.

Then he has not seen much. I've seen a lot of educators get this right. He does have a point (a lot of people do fit his description). He's just crudely overstated it.

Here's just one example of an educator who starts with a goal first and then considers how the goal might be achieved. The headline is:

A Simple Proposal to Make Exam Grading Easier

So the specific goal (making exam grading easier) gets headline treatment. You don't even know, from this, whether he's going to use new tech.

I can live with overstated

I may have been hyperventilating a bit when I wrote the post, so I was more likely to overstate things. I certainly didn't go check with every educator to verify that absolutely no one got the point.