Part of what makes me pay attention to an article like this is that it’s written by someone whom I respect. Clay Shirky talks about something fairly radical for a person who is generally seen as an advocate for social media and technology. He admits a complete change in mindset on the use of laptops of his class.
I have been teaching classes about the internet since 1998, and I’ve generally had a laissez-faire attitude towards technology use in the classroom. This was partly because the subject of my classes made technology use feel organic, and when device use went well, it was great. Then there was the competitive aspect — it’s my job to be more interesting than the possible distractions, so a ban felt like cheating. And finally, there’s not wanting to infantilize my students, who are adults, even if young ones — time management is their job, not mine.
I’ve been guilty of using the same arguments to challenge those who didn’t want to use devices in class. I would still use the same argument for many people but this thoughtful realization speaks to doing what’s best for students as opposed to what’s easiest for teachers.
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The courses I teach at the University of Regina are officially ECMP 355 and 455. I'm not entirely sure but I think that stands for Educational Computing. But I could be wrong. The truth is both Alec Couros and I have been able to create the course into pretty much whatever we like. By in large the courses have focused on transformational usages of technology in learning, focusing heavily on connected learning. I'd really like to change the name of the course to SFIK. Smart Folks I Know.
Pretty much every class over the past 9-10 times I've taught these courses I bring in someone I know doing interesting work or with a compelling idea. I have only two requirements for my guests. You have to be smart and you have to be able to stay connected and interact with my students for as long as they need.
This term my lineup has included:
If I do nothing but connect my students with these people in a meaningful way, I'll be satisfied. (BTW, you can listen to all these people's presentations here. You'll want to skip to … Read the rest
cross posted at Tech Learning
The push to one to one computing is continuing to be at the center of many districts technology budgets. Recognizing that we need to get devices in the hands of our students seems to be a priority in the minds of many in moving forward with what is often called a 21st century education.
There’s certainly a debate as to what that 21st education ought to look like but I’m beginning tto wonder of late if one to one computing is something we really need to be pursuing. Certainly looking at using student devices is an interesting and important conversation. In fact, Darren Kuropatwa recently wrote a great post on how he would manage a BYOD environment.
But perhaps we don’t need every student to have a device? I’ve been arguing for a while that schools need to think much more closely at the wonderful gift they currently have of having students actually attend school in person. As online education grows so does the potential for students to opt out of face to face attendance. What will we offer our students in person that they can’t receive online?
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A little strange for a title I know. Precipitated by this tweet.
It got me thinking. So while driving to Saskatoon I turned on the iPhone recorder and spewed out some ideas.
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What Stupid Will Get You
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