Perspectives on Technology (The Technology Skeptics' View (Ways…
Perspectives on Technology
The Technology Skeptics' View
Engage with Technology
marginalize, condemn, co-opt
Cell phone policies condemn.
Is this a bad thing?
Marginalize through ChromeBooks
Co-opt through technology that
only is only a substitute in the SAMR model
Teachers risk losing authority.
Will technology be co-opted to further the status quo in education?
Individualized learning can
affect large group-instruction.
Schools and the process of education changes slowly.
What can computers not teach?
Manners, cultural norms.
The Technology Enthusiast Argument
The Way We Think
Jobs and tasks today require use of technology.
Way we solve problems is different
Video Games: Provide Scenarios (Able to trial and error)
Instant feedback: more likely to do things right
Belong to online communities of similar interests
Not bound by locality
(can keep in touch with people who are far away)
Can meet and communicate with people from other places/cultures
Many forms of communication: face to face, video, email, IM
Trying to prepare students for the 21st century with 19th century technology
Just -in-time (technology) vs. just-in-case learning (traditional learning)
Varying levels of comfortability
Availability of Information
More information available to us
(not limited to teachers knowledge)
Situating Technological Determinism
Argues to approach technology integration with a critical lens. Incorporation has the potential to be beneficial, but we must consider the learning occurring around the technology.
Consider the social context of integration
How is the teacher framing the use of technology?
Consider the affordances/constraints, personal empowerment, and the possibility of cultural creativity
Can the technology provide more agency?
Does the technology unintentionally constrain us?
Theory evolves around music with the creation of computer based music instruction programs in the 1980s.
"The claim... that technology itself exercises causal influence on social practices."