Week 20: Introduction to Educational Technology and Instructional Design (Mar 23-29)

Rincewind, wizzard in  Discworld novels by Terry Pratchett.
Rincewind, wizzard in Discworld novels by Terry Pratchett.

Week 20 of the course.

My question: what is the difference between a lecture and a lesson?
Is a lecture a teacher talking to a group of students?
I do expect most teachers do not talk all the time and students listen? I expect students most of the time do learn by doing and active participation, but is this true for USA schools?

How do we use the technologies of computation, statistics and networking to shed light — without killing the magic of the human teacher?
“The deeper concern, for me, is the philosophy conveyed by a technological design. Some of the top digital designs of the moment, both in school and in the rest of life, embed the underlying message that we understand the brain and its workings.
Jaron Lanier (author of the article above in New York Times wants teachers to be aware of the ghost in the digital machine, Thinking is not imitating a computer. Computers do not think, and humans have to train their brains without knowing how the brain works. I like to call this the magical powers of teaching.

In Ko & Rosen the central question of chapter 13 for me is: “Why should most students bother to come to class?”
The answer is that most students will come to class if they can buy something in class that is not easily found online.

Educational Technology is not only the tools and materials but also the process of applying these to education. In the the Wikipedia article about edtech the focus is on tools and some materials and the process of applying is hardly mentioned.
Edtech sometimes is throwing tools and content to students and a test. Better Edtech is to use tools to help students to get educated with help of human interaction and communication. Most humans need motivation, encouragement, the eye of the teacher. To learn students need challenges on a personal level.
Some of my students did not want to take the risk to learn because of the uncertainty and risk they experience. They needed a human to provide support.

source Jim Julius https://www.dropbox.com/s/65qa7yfye7pge4r/POTcert%20EDTEC%20ID.pdf
source Jim Julius https://www.dropbox.com/s/65qa7yfye7pge4r/POTcert%20EDTEC%20ID.pdf

I like the words in this quote of “more time of the teacher may be freed for creative teaching”

“A lot of other students I have worked with are denied access to technology to support their learning.” ClaudiaM
It is not only denied access because of learning disabilities. Edtech is a blessing for students in remote parts of the world. Edtech is also the possibility of translation. Students and teachers could communicate with other humans in another language. Translations by computer are improving.  You could try to translate with help of google translate this page on media skills. http://www.softskills.nl/mediawijsheid/
Computers could read a text of a website.
Youtube offers texts in their video in more than 20 languages.

Anna Cow did write a proposal for an online learning workshop. Her proposal makes me think of a presentation.





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