Mishra's discussion around the concept of technocentrism aligns with my previous thoughts on technology being the silver bullet. It ignores content and pedagogy. Yet it seems to be common in education. "Throw some technology at it and that will solve the problem" or "we need to look like we are innovating...quick, get a laptop in here", sometimes seem to be what drives technology implementation. The consideration needs to be much larger and requires to make connections between the application of technology, content and good pedagogy.
Technology is a disruptive force...
In his keynote, Mishra provides the example of school students that are allowed to access the internet in an exam. This changes the nature of the exam questions from the regurgitation of knowledge to its application and perhaps even analysis. While the technology isn't doing the work for these students, it is changing how they go about their work, a reflection on the way technology is changing many aspects of our lives. It could be argued that type of test requires a deeper understanding of the topic. Furthermore, why test what can be Googled?
BUT technology alone is not going to bring about change.
Did the students come to learn or understand the ideas for that exam because of technology? No. This is where teachers bring their unique pedagogical approaches and content knowledge to the table. Purposing technology in education is a creative and innovative act. Many schools have people in technology coaching roles to support this. From my experience in being in such a role myself, predicting the potential use of technology across many subject areas is no easy feat. This is why Mishra, encourages teachers to explore, create and share, building a community of professional learners. One teacher might see how another teacher uses a technology tool and then apply that tool in a completely different way in their own classroom. What is important is that the tool is being thoughtfully applied based on the needs of the students, pedagogical goals of the teacher and context of the classroom.
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Hello, thanks for stopping by! I am Laura Bain and this is my reflective blog for ESC515. This is my 4th subject in my Masters of Education, in which I am specialising in Information and Communication Technologies. Very excited by the coursework for this subject and looking forward to reading what everyone's thoughts are along the way. Thanks for taking the time to visit and reading my entries.