What technologies would we like our students to know and use?

After reading the national survey of students and technology administered by Educause, I was glad to learn that students were interested in technologies that would create convenience for their themselves.  This is exactly the same reason that I would like to use technology-to create convenience for myself as an educator.

One of the outcomes of the survey was the importance of instructors using technology effectively, frequently and with seamless integration into their classroom activities.

I am definitely interested in using technology that fosters participation and interaction in the learning process, whether it be simulations, games, video creation, etc. because I believe this is the most effective way for students to learn.

It was amazing to learn that instructors were not utilizing email enough in the students’ opinion.  This is such as simple tool for us to use!  I agree that it adds the element of a personal touch to each course.  I hadn’t realized until this semester that it would be so easy to email our students through D2L, especially because they input the email address that they are currently using into the site.

How we measure/The epic win-Cathy Davidson

I agree with Davidson-We should change the way we measure students’ progress to match the way young people actually learn in this century. I think our efforts at this university to revise our gen ed curriculum to a bundled model will fit nicely with the real wynour students learn and a different method of assessment. If we can design a meaningful bundle of courses around a specific theme, students may be able to design projects that will require critical thinking,research and evaluation of sources. All of these skills are mentioned by Davidson as essential to succeess in this century. Furthermore, assessment can be done by reviewing portfolios of student work on these projects.

I was heartened to learn about the research about the positive side of gaming (there is hope for my 16-year old video gamer at home!). I have already read about the success of financial literacy online games in developing better financial habits, which backs up Davidson’s research.

I don’t think that multiple choice questions should be dismissed as an assessment method. In my discipline of accounting, they can be very useful to test for knowledge of content, relationships and more. There must be some reason that most of the CPA exam is m/c!

Learning institutions in a digital age

This reading was well-chosen in my opinion because it fits into our discussion of how technology will impact student learning and also touches on one of the proposed changes to our core curriculum – interdiscipliary learning. The Internet fosters collaboration between disciplines as discussed in the reading. If we adopt clusters or bundles of courses from various disciplines, we can use electronic modes of learning to foster interdisciplinary collaboration,

I was also fascinated by the remarks about Wikipedia in this reading. If you can trust that misinformed posts to Wikipedia will be corrected by others, why not use its content as a source of authoritative information?

The Web is dead/Meet the Connected Consumer

“The Web is Dead..” article was interesting to me as a business person because of the discussion about how Jobs and Zuckerberg are beginning to control the content and access to electronic material. Will they be recognized as having a monopoly in these areas and be forced by the government to break up into smaller pieces or take other drastic action to allow for competition? Also, it makes business sense to follow the money-to invest in apps which are more profitable than traditional advertising on the web.

“Meet the Connected Consumer…” contradicted the first article by saying that apps were not as popular as Web browsing (at least for shopping purposes). Are we using apps just for amusement? The popularity of shopping within Facebook and increasing popularity of tablets means that Zuckerberg and Apple are going to make lots more money!

Is Google Making Us Stupid

I’m going to have to side with Clay Shirky on this one. I agree with Nick Carr that we often switch from one web site to another when seeking out information and tend to skim sites instead of reading in depth. However, this does not mean that if an issue is really important to us, that we follow the same process. If I have a significant interest in a topic, I will probably print out the information so that I can spent time reading and anotating it.

Personal Dynamic Media by Kay and Goldberg

The most interesting part of this article to me was how the authors opened up their new creation (the Dynabook) to children. They allowed children to develop their own programs-Computer Lib as envisioned by Nelson was going strong in 1977!

What better group than children to find innovative ways to use the Dynabook. There is no limit to a child’s imagination. Kay and Goldberg knew what they were doing.

Computer Lib/Dream Machines-Ted Nelson

Even though this article was long, it was humorous and interesting. I thought the “Computer Lib” title was appropriate both for the topic and the time the article was written (anyone remember “Women’s Lib?)

I was impressed by the author’s foresight in predicting uses of hypertext and word processing. It was also the right time to liberate development of the computer as media instead of the computer as programmed instruction.

I loved the author’s description of student led learning,but I don’t know how feasible it is even with all the computer capabilities we have today including online learning.