Bridging the Divide: Facilitating the exploration of emerging technologies that support innovative learning and teaching

An important question asked in this article, regarding technology use in instruction, was, “What do you want to be able to do?”  As I ponder this question I seem to come to the same answer over and over again, “I don’t know!” Mike Bogle, the author of this article, lists objectives he hopes to achieve:

an “increase awareness of emerging technology, particularly in its capactiry to enhance learning and teaching;

model effective use and best practice in a way that holistically integrates pedagogical factors;

establish a comprehensive support framework;

embed eLearning activities in wider policy measures.”

I need, not only insight into new technology, but someone to model for me how to use these technologies effectively and efficiantly in the classroom. Also, as Karin Stinger stated in her voice thread, I need to know if these technological teaching practices are going to be realistic in a second grade classroom with two computers. I need someone that is accessable, in the school, to, as Mike Bogle states, “help translate offline activities to an onlin framework and assess the pre-existing knowledge and comfort levels, and then having done that, to help develop a plan of attack for the next stage.”

What Bogle explains throughout the article; “…planning stages, through curriculum development and learning design, to the delivery and assessment stages…reflection and evaluation…” is explaining exactly what teachers do to learn the best practices of reading or math instruction. It’s just that technology, no matter how firmly it is planted in our societal culture, has not yet rooted itself as an essential ingredient of ‘best teaching practices.’

The people that know the answer to the question, “What do you want to be able to do?” Or, the people that have explored teaching through technology need to document and share their findings. Bogle’s last paragraph states exactly what education needs; real-world examples that we can analyze, enhance, practice -and from there- advance.

Bogle, Mike. (2008). Bridging the Divide: Facilitating the exploration of emerging technologies that support innovative learning and teaching. m.bogle@unsw.edu.au

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