Monday, April 29, 2013

Networked Education

Technology is changing the very nature of our classrooms and the way we teach. Mobile technology and use of the internet provides unparalleled access to information and takes learning out of the bricks and mortar school.

Technology has always been an important part of education. The tools teachers use have changed over the decades. Here's a brief overview of our classroom experience through the use of technology. Overview

In 1728, an ad in the Boston Gazette sought students who could learn a new method of short hand through mailed lessons. Since then, distance education has also been delivered via radio and television and now, the internet.

Here's a look at the way education changes the classroom.
Global Classroom

The digital divide is a concern when it comes to educational technology. In a survey by the Pew Research Institute, 92% of advanced placement and National Writing Project teachers report the internet has a big impact on their classrooms and and 73% say they or their students use cell phones in class to get information or work on assignments. But at the same time, teachers of low income students report much lower levels of access to digital technologies both in the classroom and at home. This is one of the concerns about educational technology.

The next video explores how teachers and students are dealing with other challenges, including concerns about effectiveness.

1 comment:

  1. I enjoyed your presentation and the interesting discussion it led to. Particularly because online and distance education is only going to become a bigger slice of the higher ed pie. I've had mixed experiences with distance courses and feel that instructor feedback and student to student interaction is what makes the difference.