Grab Your Glass of Wine, and Pull up a Chair.
The idea that Dr. George Veletsianos suggested we look at reading the book 25 Years of Ed Tech by Martin Weller (2020) for our course, as a ‘book club,’ resonated with me. Thus, my takeaways from these first eight chapters are in the form of some statements on what I was thinking as I was reading, as well as some questions I have. I am hoping that some (or all) of my questions might be addressed in the comments section.
First, I’d like to preface that I learned a whole lot in the first 1/3 of this book! It took me a lot longer to read than I anticipated because I kept stopping to research (see rabbit hole list) some part of what Weller was discussing, which to me, means this is a great read so far.
I am fascinated with creativity. Sir Tim Berners-Lee is a great example. I am especially entranced with the intersection of the logical-sequential (programming, coding, etc.…) and out of the box thinking required for the creation of new technologies. Berners-Lee lived in that intersection in his design of the four technologies needed for the birth of the web (Weller, 2020).
I am not a formally trained tech person, but I am a formally trained educator. I found this book so far, to be a robust melding of the two perspectives. I imagine each branch will have different takeaways, and I am very glad this cohort has both in our midst!
Questions I have:
In the chapter titled Constructivism (Weller, 2020), I kept waiting for the mention of John Dewey. When he wasn’t mentioned, I looked to the list of references; still no Dewey. My question is this: When discussing education, and pedagogy, does John Dewey always need to be mentioned? Is it time we leave him in the past and look to more recent philosophers of education and learning? Or does John Dewey have a place in developing ed-tech?
In the discussion about learning objects and e-learning standards, did anyone else wonder where the conversation on differentiation or accessibility (in a special-ed sense) was? Did these developers think about various learning needs or learning disabilities?
I will leave it at that. Although there are more questions I have, and I am hopeful those will be answered by the discussion that follows.
Rabbit Hole Readings:
Virtual Teamwork: Mastering the Art and Practice of Online Learning and Corporate Collaboration. Edited by Robert Ubell (see section “Dewey Goes Online” – free access).
Weller, M. (2020). 25 years of ed tech. Athabasca University Press. https://doi.org/10.15215/aupress/9781771993050.01