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

Online's where it's at

Watch

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

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.

Read the Blog Post

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?