James and Angelika introduced the module and the associated assessments. The remainder of the session was separated into two parts.
PART 1: ARTICLE REVIEW AND DISCUSSION
Each student was given 20 minutes to read one of the following articles.
Article 1: Adaptive Educational Hypermedia Systems in Technology Enhanced Learning: A Literature Review
Article 2: Promoting Digital Skills and Critical Awareness through Online Search and Personal Knowledge Management: A Case Study
Article 3: Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in primary education: Opportunities and supporting conditions
Article 4: Teaching with Technology in a future school in Singapore: A mathematics teacher’s experience
Article 5: Understanding digital competence in the 21st century: An analysis of current frameworks
Article 6: Pedagogy-Driven smart games for primary school children
The findings were then presented to the rest of the class. The following questions/issues were raised:
- What is digital literacy?
- Does technology help to motivate and engage students?
- The importance of teaching methods
- What is user centred design
- What is the role of the Digital Divide in all of this?
- Increasing scores—is that the point of education?
- Research Methods—how do they influence the outcomes of a study?
- Education is not just schooling – more education happens outside
- School leavers need to be hand held – can’t self manage
PART 2: TIMELINING TEL
In part 2 the group was tasked with producing an online/interactive timeline of TEL. Key dates, developments and inventions were identified then added to the software.
Some questions that came up from this process were:
- what does ‘digital’ mean?
- how many of these technologies are actually used for learning or within education?
- what is the goal of technology in education?
The group also began to think about the future of technology going into the realms of sci-fi. Here’s a PDF of the timeline.
BIG QUESTION: ‘What is the goal of technology in education?’. Use your personal experience and opinion (and some theory or literature if you want to) to answer the question. Try to also read some of the other responses and respond to those to start a debate.