Once in a while I think it’s important to take a step back and examine what’s happening. I talked in my last podcast about getting you to use tools to learn with before you get hung up on trying to use those tools to teach with. One of the things I’ve been remiss with this semester is introducing you to other voices. Let me remedy that now by introducing two.
Stephen Downes is one of the premier educational philosophers in the world. He works for the Canadian government in New Brunswick. He provides daily insight into the world of education and educational technology by way of his OLDaily (On Line Daily) blog. One of the articles today is about the importance of what students do with technology and it comes by way of another educator — Miguel Guhlin.
“Economically disadvantaged students, who often use the computer for remediation and basic skills, learn to do what the computer tells them, while more affluent students, who use it to learn programming and tool applications, learn to tell the computer what to do. Those who cannot claim computers as their own tool for exploring the world never grasp the power of technology…They are controlled by technology as adults”
Read the summary of this post on Downes’ post and then follow the link to read the full article from Guhlin.
And you should add these two voices to your feed readers. These are the people who are breaking new ground in education almost every day.
For those not able to find the addresses:
Here’s the address for OLDaily
And the feed for Miguel Guhlen’s blog.