The course provided significant focus on educational theorists and their relation to technology. Progressing through the scope of educational theorists, students created technology based assignments linked to specific theorists. In addition to a strong focus on educational theory, the course examined the relation of cognition (cognitive load, processing channels) and technology.
ISTE 5.c. Teachers evaluate and reflect on current research and professional practice on a regular basis to make effective use of existing and emerging digital tools and resources in support of student learning.
EDTC 5320 provided an intense evaluation of the use of technology in relation to the most prominent educational theorists and schools of thought in educational theory. The course can be best imagined as intensely observing educational technology through one facet of a prism at a time whereby each facet represents an educational theorist or school of educational thought.
As an educational technologist, it was cognitively very rewarding to design educational technology and technology intense lessons reliant upon the precepts of one educational theorist (or school of thought). The weekly lesson design assignments served to highlight the myriad of approaches to teaching and illuminate the benefits and weaknesses of each.
The course exposed me to many seminal ideas and helped refine and articulate much of what I consider to be essential in education. I was especially moved by John Dewey, Seymour Papert, and Roy D. Pea. I developed a deep appreciation for the constructivists and the use of cognitive tools. Indeed, as part of the course, I examined and utilized the visual programming language Alice as a cognitive tool in the instruction of English language learners. (I discussed this in presentations at multiple conferences.) Further, as an instructor of English language learners, the discussions of cognitive load and processing channels rang true to me and shaped my fundamental understanding and perception of the learning process.
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