I’m at the VITTA (Victorian Institute of Technology Teachers Association) workshop – a broad-brush look at emerging technologies and how they affect the way students learn.
Highlight – Heather Blakely, a teacher from a school like ours speaking about blogging. She’ll be coming to do a workshop at Eaglehawk SC.
Lowlight– the Apple representative speaking on podcasting, but almost exclusively from an iPod/Apple perspective. Good to see taxpayers’ money funding Apple’s PR machine!
There is obviously huge positives associated with technology and learning, but one thought – are there negative consequences when ICT is combined with learning? The technology we use (in all spheres) affects our worldview, so how does it affect our intellectual architecture?
I reckon it opens up the building, so to speak. It creates doors and windows between between historically separate mental domains. However, we don’t spend too much time in each room, flitting from one thing to the next, because we can. I think that the act of hand-writing forces us to think through an idea. Typing, voice-recording, SMS…all these encourage us to put down thoughts that are half-formed.
…on the other hand, there have been plenty of thoughts half-formed without the benefit of computers or mobile phones.