Teaching Educators about Ed Tech

In this post, Tom Whitby argues that we need to teach educators about the role and use of ed tech in teacher training and in professional development – I certainly agree!

If we are to better educate our kids, we must first better educate their educators.

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Educational Technology – an add-on?

In a recent blog post, Larry Cuban sets out his interest in exploring examples of technology in action in real schools and with real teachers. Something I have been doing for a few years. In his post, he writes:

One that has bothered me for a long time is why “technology” in education is considered separate, an add-on, when that is not the case when observers look at technological tools applied to business, medicine, architecture, engineering and other professional work. For some reasons in these other domains high-tech tools are part-and-parcel of the daily work that professionals do in getting the job done well.

An interesting observation, and true to an extent. Why is ed tech often seen as an “add-on”? Should it be?

Math Anxiety?

This blogger (Broken Penguins) shares her take on math and math education and, I think, hits the nail on the head. One of the biggest problems with math education, in my opinion, is summed up in this quote. Why is it a badge of honour to proclaim that you hate math or that you just can’t do math or that math is something that is hard or to be feared?  This is a problem we need to address.

In North America, we are taught to fear math. We are told that math is the sport of geniuses and the rest of us mere mortals should be very afraid. In Asia, kids are taught that anyone can do math with practice and on average, they do better.

Identity in a Digital Age

In this thought provoking post @kbhildebrandt and @courosa (University of Regina) discuss ‘digital’ identity and what it means. It also looks at issues of power and privilege if we expect a ‘squeaky clean’ online image. The authors suggest we learn to express greater empathy and forgiveness. This passage is a powerful idea;

And this view of digital identity also has implications for who is able to say what online. If mistakes are potentially so costly, we must consider who has the power and privilege to take the risk of speaking out against the status quo, and how this might contribute to the further marginalization and silencing of non-dominant groups.