This video caught my eye, because it uses clips from an existing advert for Kaplan University to highlight the idea that innovative teaching and learning isn't just about using new technology to do that same thing old thing i.e. lecture.....
I have to admit to feeling a bit tricked when I followed up on the website of the people behind this re-purposed advert/manifesto . OK, so they've sussed that there's more teaching than lectures. But if the intent is to position themselves as more radical innovators, then I think we are being sold short. Because their website (caveat: I haven't read all of it) suggests they haven't sussed that there's more to learning than teaching.
"Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPACK) attempts to capture some of the essential qualities of knowledge required by teachers for technology integration in their teaching, while addressing the complex, multifaceted and situated nature of teacher knowledge."
The role and power of teachers seems to be taken as fixed and given here. Don't get me wrong, I know better than to indulge in teacher-bashing, and I'm sure TPACK is a step in the right direction. But there's more to this story than teachers just moving away from one form of delivery to others that are a wee bit more interactive. The power relationships may need interrogating as well.
That is really interesting David. Actually there is a lot of research which supports the idea that the relationship between teachers and students is fundamental to learning, so really support what you say. The problem with over-evangelising about the importance of technology in education is that it is often forgets about human scale teaching. But nice to see more focus on active rather than passive teaching methodologies.
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