Posts tagged technology
Posts tagged technology
Technology Redefined, or Maybe Simply Clarified.
A position statement, by Lisa Murphy
So I wrote this in September of 2010 to broaden the definition of “technology” and to keep the conversation from getting bogged down. I wrote it about the same time as NAEYC starting releasing drafts of their “technology and young children” position statement for commentary. This post will be the first of three technology/naeyc position statement posts.
According to a wikipedia post, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/technology in 1937, the American sociologist Read Bain wrote that “technology includes all tools, machines, utensils, weapons, instruments, housing, clothing, communicating and transporting devices and the skills by which we produce and use them.” Additionally, “Technology can be most broadly defined as the entities, both material and immaterial, created by the application of mental and physical effort in order to achieve some value.”
For the sake of future writings, articles, web discussion and workshop presentations, Ooey Gooey, Inc. has adopted a similar, broader definition of “technology” which includes examples that stretch beyond those specifically related to consumer electronics, such as televisions, computers, radios, etc. By intentionally stretching the boundary of definition, we no longer feel bogged down by semantics which often hinder healthy discussion.
here is a link to Schomberg and Donohue’s rationale for revising the 1996 edition of NAEYC’s tech in the lives of young children position statement»» http://www.fredrogerscenter.org/media/site_images/Tech_Statement_Revision_Rationale-Donohue__Schomburg-June-09.pdf
The report is intended to “identify and describe emerging technologies likely to have an impact on teaching, learning and creative expression within education around the globe.”
The identified trends “emerged through an extensive review of articles, interviews, papers and new research.” Once a trend is identified “it is ranked according to how significant an impact it is likely to have on education in the next 5 years.”
Trend #1: The abundance of resources and relationships made easily accessible via the Internet is increasingly challenging us to revisit our roles as educators.
Trend #2: As IT support becomes more and more decentralized, the technologies we use are increasingly based not on school servers, but in the cloud.
Trend #3: Technology continues to profoundly affect the way we work, collaborate, communicate and succeed.
Trend #4: People expect to be able to work, learn and study whenever and wherever they want to.
Tend #5: The perceived value of innovation and creativity is increasing.
Challenges that schools face:
Challenge #1: Digital media literacy continues its rise in importance as a key skill in every discipline and profession. I personally appreciated the acknowledgement that “digital literacy is less about tools and more about thinking (emphasis mine), thus skills and standards based on tools and platforms have proven to be somewhat short lived.” Which reinforces the fact that everyone can access the data and information, those who can process it will be the winners in the long run.
Challenge #2: Economic pressures and new models of education are presenting unprecedented competition to traditional models of schools. (Including open content).
Challenge #3: The demand for personalized learning is not adequately supported by current technology or practices.
Challenge #4: A key challenge is the fundamental structure of the K-12 education establishment, a.k.a. “the system.” If the system is to remain relevant it must adapt, but major change comes hard in education.
Challenge #5: Many activities related to learning and education take place outside the walls of the classroom and thus are not part of our learning metrics.
Technologies to Watch
(Please note: the report stated it is not to serve as a predictive tool, rather to highlight emerging technologies with considerable potential.)
Near term horizon (within the next 12 mos)
Second adoption horizon (2-3 years out)
Far term horizon (4-5 years out)
The last part of the report provided a detailed description about each of the above mentioned emerging technologies, provided links to active demonstration projects as well as listing additional resources related to each of the identified emerging technologies.
I am not sure if this info will have a direct impact on how I work with toddlers, per se, but I know it will have an impact in 1) the way we structure, offer and deliver future workshops and seminars and 2) options that will be available as I continue graduate school, I am especially intrigued and excited to watch what emerges, or, better stated, continues to emerge, in regard to “open content” and “personal learning environments” (PLEs).
shared with you by Lisa Murphy
originally posted on FACEBOOK July 2011