Module 2. Technology, Society, and Education
This module's purpose is to give students a general understanding of the current trends in online learning emerging from social and technological catalysts.
This module addresses the following standards:
- The online teacher understands the role of online teaching in preparing students for the global community of the future. OTE.1.K.2
- The online teacher understands the relationship between online teaching and advancing technologies. OTE.1.K.5
Watch this video by Fareed Zakaria on the knowledge economy, and consider the following:
- How does the advancement of technology stand to change "the nature of education"?
- Though most of this exposition is on higher education, how do these conversations apply to K-12?
Watch this video by Amy Collier about the "brave new world" of online learning, and consider the following:
- What possibilities does technology afford for improving access to learning and learning quality?
- What does Amy mean by "techno-solutionism," and what do we need to be concerned about?
Watch the following video of online learning from home, and consider the following:
- Why is online learning an enticing option for parents?
- Why is online learning an enticing option for students?
- Why is online learning an enticing option for other groups (e.g., governments, corporations)?
Watch the following video on the "K-12 Implosion," and consider the following:
- Why is there a disjoint between increased cost/personnel in K-12 and outcomes?
- What are the benefits and problems of a non-standardized (non-monolithic) approach?
Read the following blog post about EdTech startup failures, and consider:
- What role does the teacher play in the changing landscape of online education?
- Do teachers want to make a shift to online? Why or why not?
- Who are the architects of this shift, and do they understand education?
Watters, A. (2011). When ed-tech startups fail. e-Literate.
Discussion and Reflection Questions
- How did we get here?
- How has society changed to make a need for online learning?
- What role does politics and rhetoric play in this process?
- Where are we going, and do we have a choice?
- What does this mean for students?
- What does this mean for teachers?
- What does this mean for educational institutions?
- Will there always be a need for brick and mortar institutions?
- Who will these serve?
- What does this mean for you?