Category Archives: Critical Examination of Technology

These posts raise concerns about technology. While I enjoy technology, we must engage in thoughtful discourse about what the negatives are.

Trying to Make Educational Technology Applicable

In past versions of my educational technology course, I’ve had students complete “tech projects” in which they learn about specific technologies and discuss ways they would use the technologies (or preferably have students use the technology) in their classroom.  This … Continue reading

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Questioning Technology Reform

Dan Meyer has been channeling the nature of technology lately in his critique of various reform efforts.  Most recently he commented on the trade-offs associated with technology use in the Rocketship approach: This is “differentiation,” says John Merrow, and it’s … Continue reading

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Technology Gives and Takes Away

From Dan Meyer: But the very technology that lets Khan Academy assess hundreds of concepts at global scale — random number generators, string splices, and algorithmically generated hints — has downgraded, perhaps unavoidably, what it means to know math. I … Continue reading

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Zombie apocalypse & education

I’ll let a excerpt from Larry Cuban’s recent post speak for itself: The repeated return of mistaken ideas captures well my experiences with technologies in schools and what I have researched over decades. The zombie idea that is rapidly being … Continue reading

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Flipped Class – a student perspective

Below are some thoughts from one of my former middle school students who is now in high school & in a flipped classroom. I’ll let her words speak for themselves, but think her words speak to the state of science … Continue reading

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Engaged or Entertained?

The following is from a book chapter I’m working on: Perhaps more insidious is how technology changes views of engagement in learning.  While engagement is an important aspect of learning, technologies have likely changed our definition of “engaged”.  Rather than … Continue reading

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Are we really critical of technology?

The following is from a book chapter I’m currently working on: Unfortunately, dominant discourses surrounding education technology inhibit critical analysis of technology in education.  As Henry Becker, a University of California psychologist (cited in Ely, 1995, p.8) explains: [I]n education, … Continue reading

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