Tech Director Chat #35 – Pedagogy vs Technology
I always try to title each of these episodes with something that captures the majority of the conversation between Pete and myself. It doesn’t always work, as well tend to bounce around a number of topics. And it means that often I have to provide provocative titles that often don’t deliver (although I did deliver on stuffed animals in the previous episode). It’s always interesting trying to talk about pedagogy when using technology, personally because I see so many teachers disengaged with the topic.
Sure, everyone loves to use technology, and the engagement factor is off the charts, blah, blah, blah…but rarely do we every talk about the pedagogy behind the technology. Why are your students writing collaboratively? How are you ensuring that students are participating in an equitable collaborative effort? Honestly, I feel as if many educators would be more than willing to have these conversations, but there just isn’t time in many teachers’ busy schedules to have these discussions. I’m stuck on what I originally pondered in this episode;
Is it better to stay current on pedagogy or technology? How do we distinguish pedagogy from trendy ideology, and should we allow the onward march of technological process to dictate what “is best” for students?
Timestamps for this week’s questions:
1:15 How awesome is Pete’s day so far?
2:50 Will teachers be able to easily connect document cameras to the new technology workstations for the high school and middle school next year?
5:40 Todd from Twitter wants to know, how do you keep current with the ever changing nature of technology?
8:53 Ben admits that he doesn’t keep current with all technology.
11:30 Ben ponders if keeping current on pedagogy is better than keeping current on technology.
12:19 Is there any news on the busses with wifi?
13:43 We ran across some issues with internet miscreants bringing the school’s internet to its knees, unintentionally.
15:42 Future plans for bus purchases with wifi.
18:22 Stump Pete!
19:24 JW wants to know, what is Pete’s home improvement project for the new home?