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.

The Impact of Paper on Technological Change

In this post Joshua Kim reviews Mark Kurlansky’s book Paper. The central thesis of the book, according to Kim, is that we tend to get the impact of technical change backwards. We think that technical change drives historical change, but actually, new technologies are created in response to the needs of societies. I agree with Kurlansky that people will continue to read books printed on paper for many years. I will definitely read this book.

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Can the EdTech Community Become an Ideas Generator?

Another great article from my favorite EdTech blogger, Joshua Kim. The ideas he lists are:

1. Defending the traditional. bundled residential university
2. Championing a liberal arts education
3. Forming a coalition with faculty
4. Supporting post-secondary education more strongly
5 .Building educational practices on learning science
6. Integrating educational change theory with teaching and learning practice
7. Being a counterweight to the technology hype cycle and the productivity agenda

4 Values that EdTech Leaders Should Champion

Another great post by Dr. Joshua Kim of Dartmouth College. He is commenting on an essay by John Warner. The values Warner lists are:

1. Empower faculty.
2. Pay faculty enough so they can work at one institutio
3. “Provide [educators] with the security and support necessary to allow them to invest in their students, their institution, and themselves.”
4. Provide class sizes that are structured for effective learning.
Warner says that tomorrow’s edtech leadership will need to be;
1. Be clear about the value of technology to improve learning.
2. Be vocal in delineating the limits of technology in education.
3.Shift technology resources away from commoditized campus services and into teaching and learning.
4. Focus your resources on technologies that support faculty and students and instructional designers to collaborate on course content.

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.

The Dilemnas of Maker Culture

This article, by John Tierney, appeared on The Atlantic Monthly website on April 20, 2015. In it he discusses issues such as:

  • Educational challenges
  • Legal issues
  • Issues of equity, fairness, and equality
  • Issues of ethics, morality, and criminality

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