Technology isn’t important arguement.

Posted: September 10, 2009 in Education, Educational Technologies, Pedagogy, Web 2.0
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I was reading a blog by ‘The Ed Techie’ and found that I was in wholehearted agreement with his statements and arguement.  Too often as an educator in the area of technology I have been told that technology is not important and that it is the methodology and pedagogical approaches taken that are most important to ensuring a quality education and educational outcomes for the students.  I have always challenged this notion with reference to the interests, thoughts, abilities and default accessabilities of current students.  To consider these elements enables for the development and implementation of a newer pedagogical movement, potentially better equiped for the 21st Century student.  I won’t carry on too much myself so here is a lovely snippet of Ed Techies blog, enjoy:

“I’d go along with Clay Shirky’s argument that technology becomes really interesting when it becomes invisible (eg the mobile phone became a powerful social force when it became ubiquitous). But in order for it to become invisible it first has to be visible. While it is surely true that ultimately what is interesting about twitter, say, is nothing to do with the technology of twitter itself, but the connections it fosters, the way it changes our social interactions, the global peer networks we form over it. And eventually we won’t talk about twitter at all. But it is a necessary step on the journey to the ‘bigger picture’ to be interested in the technology. Ignoring the technology won’t allow you to jump to the end point, it will prevent you getting there.

I guess it depends on where you are coming from. In his keynote Martin Bean (the OU’s new VC) made the point that of technology, people and process, then technology is the least important. This has probably been true from his perspective and experience from working at Microsoft. As he said, he has sat down with education ministers who have been blinded by some new software or hardware and have completely failed to put into place any of the framework which will make them effective. If you are dealing with government ministers then getting across the ‘technology won’t solve your problems on its own’ argument is paramount.”

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