Contemporary Approaches to Education... with Technology

In an attempt to fill the gap in EDUC 902's Contemporary Approaches to Education, I've pulled together some bits and pieces for discussion in next week's session. Here's what I shared out with my colleagues:

I've collected the "topics" and "readings" into this shared spreadsheet: (Please do not edit the contents)

Topics for discussion: Connectivism, MOOCs: Massive Open Online Courses, Interaction Equivalency Theorem, Constructionism, Rhizomatic Education, Sherry Turkle and Technology, Sociology, Identity, The "Flipped" Classroom

Here is what I'm thinking:

1) I'd like everyone to skim the first writing on the spreadsheet on "Philosophies of Technology." I think that philosophy of technology, and specifically Feenberg's theory, provides a language that we can use to talk about technology in education.

2) Below the first piece you'll find 7 additional ideas/approaches/theories. I seriously doubt you want to read through each one, so I think it best that we each choose 2. If you can drop your name in that first column on the left by the topics that intrigue you.

3) I've added a third column to the right of the readings. As you're reading (or before!), take a second to hop onto YouTube or Vimeo (video sharing websites) and find a video about one of the topics you choose. For example, I'm thinking whoever chooses Sherry Turkle's work will want to include her TED Talk video there. I've added in a link to a talk Feenberg has given that hits some of the highlights of his theorizing.

I'll come ready to start next week by discussing some of the more "common" approaches to teaching with technology and a quick overview of the philosophy of tech stuff to be sure everyone has a general grasp of it. Then, I say we jump into the different approaches to educating with technology.

The thing to keep in mind for all of these ideas/theories is that these folks are serious people who are grappling with how technology changes (or doesn't change?) how we teach and learn. I'll give away the secret of our time together -- Have these folks actually come up with something new? Or, are they simply repurposing quite common notions of teaching and learning? I'm not sure, but I think we can figure something out together.


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