Computer Tech or Educator?

In this post Dr. Joshua Kim discusses the discussions edtech people and academics don’t have with each other. He says that edtech people see themselves as educators, whereas, academics see them as technologists. I have a Master’s in Education with a concentration in instructional design. It always makes me angry when a professor refers to me as “tech guy” or a “computer guy.” I respect them skills computer technicians have, but I am not one of them.

The Vanishing No-Digital Academic

A sort of amusing post from Joshua Kim. I know some teachers at my college who would like to use no digital technologies in their teaching and their daily lives. All of them to use email. Most of them type documents in Microsoft Word. A few of them still use overhead transparencies in the classroom instead of PowerPoint slides. We had one teacher I know of who was still playing cassette tapes in his classes just a few years ago. Every year it becomes hard to live a no-digital life.

Is Technology Changing Education for the Better?

n this post Carl Straumsheim reviews Neil Selwyn’s book Is Technology Good for Education? Slewyn is a professor of education at Monash University in Australia. In the book Selwyn takes a look at the role technology plays in changing education, and whether the change is always for the better.

Will Virtual Reality Really Change Education

Joshua Kim does not think virtual reality will ever really important in education, for these reasons:

1. Technology is not really all that consequential – Platforms and content are becoming less important because educational content is becoming a commodity.
2. VR is only a tool- Same old story: Just give students shiny new tools and they will learn better.
3. Technology is not the challenge

Why Higher Education Must Resist the Platform Revolution

I agree with Joshua Kim. Colleges and universities do more important work than just transferring information to students. Information does not equal learning. The world suffers from information overload, not from a lack of information.

Three Leasons Higher Ed can Learn from the Failure of Polaroid

Another great post from ed tech blogger Dr. Joshua Kim. The lessons he lists are:

1. Be clear about our business – Learning, credentialing, and knowledge creation
2. Develop a meritocratic culture of accountability and ideas
3. Investing in technology is not a substitute of evolving the culture
In his post Dr. Kim mentions that is reading the book Originals: How Nonconformists  Move the World, by Adam Grant. I am going to buy that book and read it soon.

Two Contrasting World Views: University Culture vs. Information Technology Culture

Sorry I haven’t posted lately. First, I attended the South by Southwest Education conference. Then, my college was off for Spring Break.

Interesting article about the contrast between the world views of the information technology sector versus the university culture.