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Evrim Baran

Noam Chomsky - The Purpose of Education - YouTube - 4 views

shared by Evrim Baran on 10 Oct 12 - No Cached
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    "impact of technology" part made me think that using technology in education is not valuable without how to use it. The project FATİH is generally taken a big step of using technology in state schools. "What is the cost?" "Are they necessary?" "Will our teachers use it?" are most asked questions. However, "How to use it?" is rare. Here with the word "use" I don't refer to running the devices. I mean the way technology be used in accordance to the educational objectives. As Chomsky says, without knowing what to do, using educational technology effectively is difficult.
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    There were several points that got my attention in this video. The first one was Chomsky's sentence saying that education had a value in itself. The purpose of it was to create "better" human beings, not bigger human capital for money. At this point, he opposed to idea that all generations should be given enough knowledge about math and science in order to increase people with scientific knowledge that will lead to more money income. Rather, education should foster the ideas of being independent in thoughts, being creative, having the ability and willingness to pursue one's own interest, and learning to learn on one's own. The second one was the analogy that Chomsky used. He made an analogy between technology and a hammer. He said that with a hammer you can either construct a building or smash a school down. This is about how you use the hammer, and it is the same with technology. Thus, it is more important that for what purpose we will use the technology than simply how to use technology. The last one was about achievement tests. Chomsky said that tests do not have so much value. You can pass a test after studying hard for about 3 weeks. Nevertheless, it does not mean that you will remember even the names of the topics that was covered in the exam after 3 weeks of the exam. That's why exploration, self learning, project-based learning and formative assessment is much more important and promising compared to achievement tests.
Erdem Uygun

CTLT Application Directory - 2 views

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    I found this website while looking at Dr. Ana Paula Correia's several work. The website includes lots of technologies that can be used for educational purposes. It looks like an inventory that you can use for enriching your education with technology. One suggestion is that explanation for each technology should be increased, and the website might have several links for tutorials and etc.
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    Erdem, Thanks for sharing. We are going to do a similar website (wiki) in the class that I will be teaching next semester, with your suggestions taken into considerations of course.
dozoran

The Crisis in Higher Education - 0 views

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    "We are reinventing education," declares Agarwal. "This will change the world."
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    Dinçer, thanks for sharing. I support the idea that traditional schools should be supported by technology. However, in my opinion, technology should not be used as a total substitute of traditional campus-based education. By stating that, I do not support idea that technology can not offer the effectiveness of content transfer to students. Rather, it offers a wide range of opportunities to enhance learning. However, in my opinion, we should not separate people from each other anywhere in the world. The long term effects of technology and mass city life is not clear yet. At least, we know about depressions and diseases because of long term stress crises. Thus, today's schools should also reteach people to be together. To put it differently, we should use technology for "better learning together".
NSaime Yapar

Low-Income Kids and Smartphones - 0 views

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    Hope to see a similar result for Fatih project.
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    Here I think the most important phrase is "when used properly". "Peggy Johnson, Qualcomm's president of global market development, believes that the improvement comes because students using smartphones have easier access to information at any time of day or night. They are also able to keep in contact with their classmates and even their teachers, which helps them stay on top of everything that goes on in school." When students have enough motivation to allocate more time to use these devices for such activities stated above, the finding that their learning is increased can be supported. Here again we reach the conclusion: How to use technology is important, since it is just a tool, and can well be used as a toy instead of educational material.
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    Is this a case of learning or transfering the existing information without assimilating or accommodating into the classroom environment via technology? I think the meaning of learning is also changing. In near future, there will be no learning like we do I guess.
dozoran

Sugata Mitra: The child-driven education - 6 views

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    It says that children can learn with internet without any intervention from outside -like a teacher. When the topic is not defined, children can learn what they want. But for some specific topics, they at least need the very first idea -a question, sometimes even a pre-designed system of information and instruction. Are we too much interfering to students' learning process?
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    Thanks for this video. It shows an interesting method but when ı watched this video, some question come up my mind. First of them; where is creativity of instructional methods? In time students can be bored because of sitting on front of a screen for a long time and how can we motivate students effectively? Second one is; how can it be achieved the objectives which requires teachers? for example; social onjectives and values require a role model in teaching enviroment and socialization is an important issue. And also this system requires updates frequently, this is another issue. Finally, moreover someone should orginaze this computer system and design instruction process, in bire there is a teacher or orginazer on planning system in my oppinon.(Am ı more critical? :) )
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    Dincer, thanks for sharing the video. Both you and Hatice raised important questions. I've known Sugata Mitra's work quite some time now and the Hole in the Wall Project. I also investigated similar projects such as One Laptop Per Child and some other similar ones that have emerged in India. Perhaps, these models are encouraging us to question and reflect on teachers' role in the learning process. We might also ask "what it is that we want our children learn" and "how they actually learn certain things". This is also related to Hatice's question on motivation. We will see if theories of instruction will help us answer some of these questions.
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    First of all thanks for the video. It reminded me the "Fatih Project" in Turkey as well regarding the pre, primary and elementary level students using their own technological access during learning process. It is supposed to be completed at the end of 2013 however the same instructional and motivational questions trigger me to question its function. When we consider th learning as a whole such personal use may turn out to be misuse without interfere but in specific cases such as vocabulary teaching through learner's independent autonomy, I can support the idea. We should be clear about what is the target audience and the issue, though.
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    Such educational frameworks support the trend of shift from teacher-centeredness to student-centeredness. In the past, when we need to ask something, we asked to our elders- in school, to teachers. Now, we have an additional elder, the internet. It can answer almost anything. In that sense, the impact of the technology can not be ignored. The idea of providing internet access to places that is scarce in terms of teachers is reasonable - which also supports the idea of distance education. Besides, bringing technology is easier and cheaper than bringing a teacher with resources. However, we still need teachers as -cliche but vital term- "facilitators" and regulators in self-learning process. It is necessary for constructivism as well as child-driven education or for any other self-learning methods. Someone is needed for wrapping-up the knowledge gained, for assessing the results, for remedying circumstances that obstruct the learning process, for deciding goals or organizing goals to be attained, and for secure and heuristic browsing on the internet. In that sense, I support the idea of "self organized learning environments" as Mitra offers, but also I contend that there should be teachers around these environments for facilitating. In short, we should not quit important elements of education while trying to make it better.
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    I believe although computers and instructional softwares are amazing to enhance the effectiveness of instruction, they are not enough. They are always limited. It is impossible to load them all possible questions of students and their responses. Moreover, none of the computers or softwares would be able to fulfill students' emotional and motivational needs. There is also the uniqueness of the students; not all of the students would enjoy a computer-based education. Lastly, as a science educator when I think for my area; it is never the same to make an experiment on computer and in a laboratory. Students learn better when they are actively engaged in an experiment and seethe results with their eyes.
Hatice Çilsalar

50 Education Technology Tools Every Teacher Should Know About - 0 views

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    This is an interesting website hich incleudes different web connections in it. All connections include different sources and web pages which is related to educational development both students and teacher. You can check all pages, I could not check all of them, because they are too much :). ı suggest this webside.
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    A great collection. Thank you for sharing!
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    It is difficult to keep up with all new technologies that can be used for learning and techning. However, this is a good compilation of different tools
Erdem Uygun

Eğitim Bilişim Ağı - 0 views

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    The link to the pool that has been prepared for technology based educational materials for FATİH project. In this pool, teachers and students can send several educational materials that they created or they were using in classroom environment. They aim to extend the content with contributions of people who are actively in education in Turkey. However, it is obvious that the project needs professional e-content materials. Videos, pdf's are ok but multimedia based tools are needed.
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    Erdem thank you for sharing this website, I haven't heard about this before. While I was teaching to elementary level children I used fenokulu.net a lot as a turkish source. Now I think I can also make use of this one in the future. I also liked the fact that the website contains the pdf formats of "Bilim ve Çocuk". Very rich website indeed :)
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    Erdem, I wonder if there is any section on the website that include resources/guidelines for teachers. E.g. how to integrate those simulations in the classrooms.
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    Canan, I hope it will help, thank you, Hocam, there are just materials in the pool. I downloaded 10th grade math teacher guidelines released by Ministry of Education and started to read some sections. I saw that they offer recommendations like "using a dynamic math software, students do...". However, I don't know if they will handle the learning and usage of such software in in-service trainings. I wish I could bring more information about the system but they have not answered my CV and my sample work yet,
Burcu Korkusuz

Technology Integration into Instruction - 0 views

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    I just liked this video :) You will see that technology is integrated into nearly all lessons like physics, physical education and even history.
Burcu Korkusuz

Technology Integration into Instruction - 0 views

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    This is another explanatory video for technology integration with the aim of engaged, motivated students, interactive classrooms and better academic outcomes.
Sercan Çelik

7 education technology topics in 2012 that will be hotter in 2013 - 2 views

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    For those who are looking for some inspiration for their thesis
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    Mobiles and MOOC's are in my list along with "learning analytics"
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    I've already joined both EdX and Coursera for 2013 spring courses to see the implementation process and how the changes will take place in time. Hoping to use my findings in the future.
Sercan Çelik

Technology vs Human! - 1 views

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    This piece of news may challenge our understanding and effort of using technology in teaching!
dozoran

New paper of Reigeluth: "Instructional Theory and Technology for the New Paradigm of Education" - 2 views

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    This article describes instructional theory that supports post-industrial education and training systems - ones that are customized and learner-centered, in which student progress is based on learning rather than time. The article describes universal methods of instruction, situational methods, core ideas of the post-industrial paradigm of instruction, the importance of and problems with task-based instruction, a vision of an instructional theory for post-industrial education and training, and the roles that may be played by the teacher, the learner, and technology in the new paradigm. Keywords: Instructional theory, post-industrial paradigm, task-basd instruction
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    Is this Reigeluth's recent publication? I plan to include this in the reading list for next year. Thanks for sharing.
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    I saw the news on Kursat Hoca's FB profile. It is published in Magazine about Distance Education (Revista de Educación a Distancia). I like the idea of learning without time constraints. I don't know why :)
Evrim Baran

Best content in EDS 536: Technology in Teacher Education | Diigo - Groups - 2 views

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    We will be using this group extensively this semester for the grad course that i will be teaching. I am inviting you to join this group, Your insights on learning and instruction will be valuable for the class.
Sercan Çelik

35 Digital Tools That Work With Bloom's Taxonomy - Edudemic - 1 views

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    Integrating technology in the classroom and engaging students in higher order thinking creates the ultimate learning experience for students. Bloom's Taxonomy and digital tools creates an innovative learning environment where students are engaged in their assignments. The following is a list of digital tools as it relates to Bloom's Taxonomy.
Evrim Baran

New Grad Course on "Research and Practice on Technology in Teacher Education" | Evrim Baran's Web Home - 3 views

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    Here is the course trailer I prepared for the new course that I will offer at METU in Spring. 
Bilge Aslan

Fatih Projesi Web Sayfasi - Yenilik ve Egitim Teknolojileri Genel Müdürlügü - ENGLISH-> About FATİH Project... | Diigo - 1 views

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    "FATIH PROJECT Turkey has initiated FATIH Project with the aim enabling equal opportunities in education and improving technology in our schools for the efficient usage of ICT tools in the learning-teaching processes by appealing to more sense organs in all 620.000 schools that are in the preschool education, the primary education and the secondary education through providing tablets and LCD Smart Boards.
Erdem Uygun

Clusty Search Engine - 2 views

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    Clusty is a search engine which makes clusters of your search. It provide easiness to students while making research on the internet. Based on keywords, the similar websites are categorized so that a more organized amount of knowledge is provided to learners. please try it by writing a keyword like "fotosentez".
Betül Baldan

The secret power of time-Philip Zimbardo - 2 views

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    This is video is generally about the time perception of people and its effects on human life. The first five minutes give background info, then it talks about the effects of time perception on educational processes. I found it very interesting, I hope will, too.
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    There are so many interesting metaphors. I liked them. The associations between educational concepts and time perception are very interesting in this video.
Erdem Uygun

Constructivism with Second Life Island Project - 1 views

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    Here is my constructivist environment example. In the past, I installed the second life software considering that it was a game. I roamed and roamed in worlds that already were created, chatted with people in another countries with my avatar. Then I thought that it was boring. It was just like sitting on Sunshine and talking with friends. Why I had to do this via my computer? This video shows us how Second Life Worlds can be used to create constructivist learning environments. In the video, a Second Life World that was prepared by a group of people called TELLS TEAM is presented. In this world, you can attend lectures, have group meetings for discussion, work on simulations and role plays whereever you are. All participants including the teacher has an avatar and walking, sitting, chatting as if they were in the same room. In this project, learners are active participants. They roam, talk, immediately can fly to role playing sessions and etc. Teacher is only responsible to present initial knowledge. I could not find how they evaluate the learners. However, it is up to you. This environment is just a tool. You can arrange your role plays, your simulations, and also your assesment. Also they have some guides to use the environment effectively on this web site: https://sites.google.com/site/secondlifeuwnshss/Home
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