Pedagogies and Technology

I have just been reading an article that is based on the work of Dr Kathryn Moyle from the University of Canberra who has been researching how students feel about the electronic devices they use in the classroom, at home or elsewhere. She surveyed 1100 people, from primary age students through to pre-service teachers. There have been numerous studies on what technologies are being used by students but not studies in the affective domain.

The major finding is that the most important desire is for students and teachers to have good relationships. It rated above technology in importance for students.

“Students want their teacher to know who they are, to take an interest in what they’re learning and how they’re learning it.” According to Dr Moyle that is a reaffirmation about how professional educators do their job – and it’s not going to be usurped by putting computers in classrooms.

Her final observation is critical. “What is does mean is that we as professional educators need to rethink what sound pedagogies look like when they include technology.”

I think this links nicely with the Librarian’s 2.0 Manifesto in while many of us may not be comfortable in this new world of technology, our students are but what they want is what they have always wanted – a caring and understanding teacher. If we are prepared to embrace technology,even in a small way at the beginning, that link may be reinforced. Why not ask your students to show you what they can do with technology? I for one certainly learnt a few PowerPoint tips from my students. I could actually see their chests swell when they knew they were teaching me something.

4 responses to “Pedagogies and Technology

  1. Monica Brown

    So true. My Daughter who is in Year 4 taught me how to create a blog and is really excited teaching me new technologies (She has numerous uses for my Mobile phone too!). I love learning from my pupils and my own children.

  2. This is so true! After all the wonderful readings and knowledge that I feel I have gained this semester in ETL 401, I still feel so very strongly about the primary role of the library as being a “people place”! My blog entry for Part C of Assignment 2 said that this was one of only two thoughts that hadn’t been modified througout the course of the semester! I am lucky enough to work in a library where it is definitely “people first”. There is certainly room for improvement in my use of technologies and I will seek to address this (yes, probably with a lot of help from my students!); but if I can travel home feeling as though I have helped a few people during the course of the day, then I’ll be very happy and will feel that I have made a contribution.

  3. Hey, very nice site. I came across this on Google, and I am stoked that I did. I will definately be coming back here more often. Wish I could add to the conversation and bring a bit more to the table, but am just taking in as much info as I can at the moment.

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