THE PROMISE AND PERILS OF EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY




By Pepperdine's Masters in Learning Technology students and faculty

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Cadre 12-- Do you agree with the positions that are take here? Are the ideas consistent with what you know about technology? Are there other potentials and perils that are not listed? For example do you want to link that 6th sense either in the promise or implementation sections? This is your opportunity to clarify ideas of others. How is this done? Who gets to decide? If you want to start a discussion about any of the topics on a page, there is a discuss button on each page. Feel free to start a discussion around a change you are thinking of making--or just make the change. (Next to the edit option, there is a discuss option for starting a discussion around a change.)

Also notice that when you edit a page at the bottom of each page is a optional comment section for the history page. If you describe what you changed, it will help others as they view the history. They can get a sense of what or why you made a change.
(this is the microcomment rather than starting a discussion about the change. Check history and you will see my comment for change).


Table of Contents:


  1. INTRODUCTION
  2. DEFINING WHAT IT MEANS TO BE EDUCATED IN THE 21st CENTURY
  3. THE PROMISE OF USING EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY
    1. Benefits to the Learning Process
    2. Collaboration within and beyond the Classroom (Anne is editing this section for the next XX minutes)
    3. Communication and Rapid Access to Resources
    4. Provides new Career Opportunities
    5. Creates a New Generation of Social Networks
    6. Provides Skills for the Future
    7. Potential Drawbacks for Technology in Education>>
  4. THE PERILS or CHALLENGES OF TECHNOLOGY
    1. Overview of Potential Drawbacks for Technology in Education
    2. Risks in the Learning Process and decreases in social interaction
    3. Technology Acquisition Decisions,Training, and Access Issues
    4. Job Market Issues in a Global Economy
    5. Security and Student Involvement
    6. Decreases Employment Opportunities
    7. Issues of social Networking
  5. MOVING PAST PROMISE AND PROBLEMS TO IMPLEMENTATION
    1. Learning Environments
    2. Distributed Learning
    3. A Level Playing Field
    4. Training Programs in a Flat World
    5. Formal, Ongoing Assessment I took out the section on assessment as they were not written can you see the structure in the outline? So this section will need to be morphed into something that talks about working as a collective....maybe peering from wikinomics...what do you think?
    6. Planning for the Future(not written) (this should focus on helping people prepare for a world that changes) MMJ editing offline first
  6. EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY MODELS (This could be a side bar discussion--what do you think...or maybe a linked section--I think it might come after conclusions?
    1. Community and Informal Learning Models
    2. School Models
    3. Classroom Models
    4. Professional Development Models
    5. Distributed Learning Models
    6. Corporate Models
  7. CONCLUSION
  8. REFERENCES
  9. LINKS

NOTE TO THE READER: This essay offers an examination of technology in today's educational environment and gives practical information to those interested in these ideas. The initial draft was written by a team of 17 students and their professor over a three-week period. A second cohort of 21 students and their professor worked on creating a structure and combining the ideas into one essay . . Cadre 11 (23 students), and now cadre 12 (25 students) revised it.



THE PROMISE AND PERILS OF EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY > 1.0 INTRODUCTION > 2.0 THE PROMISES OF EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY >3.0 THE PERILS OF EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY > 4.0 MOVING PAST PROMISE AND PROBLEMS > 5.0 EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY MODELS > 6.0 CONCLUSION > 7.0 REFERENCES > 8.0 LINKS




1.0. INTRODUCTION

tech·nol·o·gy: the practical application of knowledge especially in a particular area
( http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/technology)

As we consider technology in an educational setting, it is important to understand that it is a tool. Technology for the sake of technology is neither a solution nor a vision. The use of technology in education can only be successful when the learner is placed at the center of the learning paradigm.

Educational technology needs to be put at the service of the learner in order to provide the necessary resources every learner needs to reach his/her goal. Using technology in the educational process allows the educator to customize the learning experience, to explain concepts in creative ways, to demonstrate applications of the lesson, and also allows learners to become part of their own educational process and knowledge generation. The “one size fits all” model of education does not work. Students learn in different ways which require a customized educational approach.


As technology rapidly changes the world around us, it is important to consider the promise and potential these technologies bring for learners, but as with any development, nothing is perfect, so the past failures and dangers of technologies also need to be addressed. From schools to the society at large, and to the problems that may arise from the use of technology, we put a heavy burden on technology and its potential. These wide-ranging and profound expectations should be examined closely and reflected upon.

Specifically, we should consider:

  • What are the benefits of technology?
  • Where has the use of technology taken us in the past and what directions are necessary for our society to pave in the future?
  • What are some of the challenges posed by technology and how can we work around them?
  • Who is driving the "technology bus" and where does professional development enter the discussion?
  • What models or examples should inspire and inform educational technology?

Within this paper, we will explore answers to these questions as we explore the promises and perils of technology.



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