This blog will start by my reflection about my reading then I am going to present some of my expectations and some of my concerns about the educational technology.
It has been observed that learning by technology has been given a secondary role in the education process (Anderson, T., & Dron, J., 2012). Teachers tend to use technologies as a second tool for learning. From my experience of my learning, I also have watched my teachers using the technology as a supporting tool for their teaching which is good but there was not any technology support for learning.
I believe that the history of educational technology is related to the history of distance education pedagogy. Distance learning has developed throughout three generations (Anderson & Dron, 2012). Starting by correspondence generation. Then, followed by the use of mass media including television, radio and film. Finally, the third generation introduces the use of interactive technologies. All these generations are overlapping each other. There is no clear start or end of them. Also, these technologies tend not to die when other ones appear but new once incorporate the previous ones (Anderson & Dron, 2012). I think that is true, see if we look at telephones after the appearance of mobile phones, we will find that the massive use of mobile phones did not destroy the telephones but it decreased the its use.
Some of My expectations:
From what I have read about e-learning and distance education pedagogy I expect several things such as:
- The number of online classes using skype, google hangout, etc will increase because it is more flexible and more scalable than face to face.
- Educational technology will develop social learning since there are many available online websites to support the communication and social interaction even outside of the classroom such as facebook, twitter Youtube and Instagram.
- Schools will replace textbooks by advanced technologies such as tablets, which will allow them to access to more textbooks and activities. Also, it could solve heavy back bag problems.
Some of My concerns:
The first concern to me is that educators may focus on the tools of technologies more than the materials, which might decrease the value of learning. there are many tools available which could take the teachers’ attention from the focus of the materials.
My second concern is that the quality of resource may get confusing especially for non-experts of technologies learners who use untrusted sources such as Wikipedia. this could set a low standard of the quality of knowledge for the students.
My last concern in this blog, also the most important one to me, is that using these technologies may cause cyber bullying especially in school age. The National Crime Prevention Council has had a survey, which was created by Harris Interactive and concluded that 40% of teenagers are victims of cyber bullying in the United States. However, only 10% of them have asked their parents for help (United Press International (UPI), 2008). this means there is 30% of them are suffering from it.
In this blog, it seems that the technology is increasing rapidly throughout generations. however, these advancements do not destroy the previous technologies. there are some of my expectations and concerns related to technology presented above.
Anderson, T., & Dron, J. (2012). Learning technology through three generations of technology enhanced distance education pedagogy. European journal of open, distance and e-learning, 15(2).
United Press International (2008, April 9). Survey: Cyber-bullying affects US teens. Retrieved April 11, 2008, from http://www.upi.com/NewsTrack/Health/2008/04/09/survey_cyber bullying_affects_us_teens/3823/