The 3 C’s A Philosophy of Educational Technology

28 09 2008

Connections

Educational technology serves to connect people, concepts, and thoughts through communication, and associations. Connecting learning with society, culture and community makes it more meaningful for students.  A community of practice which includes students, families and staff will have a common committment to learning, participate in joint activities, help each other and share information.  The relationships that they build create the safety, security, and nurturing that enable all parties to learn. In today’s world, making connections between concepts and informed decision making are becoming increasingly important with the vast amount of information that is available on the internet. Knowing where to find information, evaluate its reliability and context and then put the found information to use in solving problems or constructing a rich, accurate and useful mental model is a key factor in education for students today.
Philosophical connections:
Epistemology – connecting knowledge bases
Politics – recognizing, celebrating and tolerating differences
Aesthetics – how to judge the quality of information
Logic – using reasoning to make connections

Care

Care is the concern, empathy, and consideration for the needs and values of others.  In order to care about others we need to learn how to recognize our differences and how to celebrate or tolerate them.  Sharing experiences, stories, tools and ways of addressing problems, establishing routines, rituals, rules, and recognizing the unique learning styles of students are basic elements which support caring. Careful use of technology is important to helping students access the world outside their classroom to build these values.

Philosophical connections:
Ethics – providing values for “right” action, ties to behaviour
Metaphysics – Understanding individual realities
Axiology – the role of values in education
Politics – learning how to get along, what we have in common

Construction

Technology use in education should be purposeful, and carefully constructed.  Any use of technolgy should support a carefully constructed curriculum, environment and pedagogy.  Schools are not self contained worlds where students learn things in isolation, but part of a system.  Classrooms are not the “main event,” but play a role in constructing a safe and stimulating atmosphere are required to promote learning which can be taken to the outside world. Carefully constructed learning environments use technologies to help connect students with learning opportunities, in the form of people and information.  Teachers need to be proactive in re-evaluating teaching practice and continually challenging basic assumptions.

Philosophical connections:
Aesthetics – keeping up with current thinking on learning
Ontology – recognizing that the environment is a physical reality

Educational Technology uses communication and associations to connect people, concepts and thoughts through purposeful construction that is part of a system which uses activities to build caring, safe, secure, and nurturing communities.  philosophy graphic

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