Note: I didn’t get a chance to finish this blog entry when I started it some time ago, and so, have decided to leave it in its “unfinished” state and just put it out on the blog before I inadvertently delete it.
“If the role of the computer is so slight that the rest can be kept constant, it will also be too slight for much to come of it.” The quote is from Seymour Papert, ascribed to him by Peter Skillen in the comments of DougPete’s blog entry below. The quote struck me, since it appears to challenge the idea that technology will become “everyday,” common to all situations without having a profound effect on the way we do business. I’ve often found the success of the “integrating technology” perspective to lack substance, as DougPete has, because traditional technology integration approaches have failed so utterly in schools today.
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* Why Isn’t It About the Pedagogy?
* Posted on January 10, 2011 by dougpete 5
* I’ve railed against the concept of “integrating technology”. The term itself implies that technology is an additional part of the classroom where it really shouldn’t be. In a perfect world, it should be just another tool that a teacher may or may not elect to use to meet a specific purpose.
* From where I sit and gaze into the future, the conversation will always be about the technology. In education, most really haven’t got their heads around the use of technology and what it could actually do and, more importantly, what it should look like.
* There are lots of supporters, few blockers, and an understanding of what can be done when the technology fits.
* Access and abilities differ from district to district, from school to school, and even from classroom to classroom. We’ve got the high flyers who have a sense of where they’re going and we also have those who aspire to be a high flyer but are held back by their abilities, the access to technology, the type of technology, or even does the technology work.
* There isn’t a single answer except that standing still isn’t helpful.
* Today’s reality is more like what we see in the foreground – students collaborating using a piece of technology. It’s a matter of staying current.
* If embracing current technology is OK for them to use to reach their clientele, why isn’t it for classrooms that are trying to do the same?
* if you care about those faces that are smiling back at you, you need to be part of the discussion in this less than perfect world. That discussion absolutely needs to be about the pedagogy but it also has to include the technology
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