A new category for ‘Educational Technology’: TechnoPHILia

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While developing this blog over the last few months, I have made several adjustments along the way, and will continue to do so as I learn more. A main objective during my sabbatical was to delve into learning about educational technology and how it can, or in some cases, shouldn’t be used in higher education. My first task was to learn about blogging and developing a WordPress site and all that it encompasses; widgets, css code, and SEO, to name just a few ‘must-know’ terms. I will be doing a future post about this whole experience later. I’ll be honest, some days, out of sheer frustration, I was almost converted from being a ‘technophile’ to a ‘technophobe’! Hardware, software, apps, and plugins are great…when they do what you want, when you want. If they don’t, that’s when you want to revert back to using chalk and say “screw it!”. However, as Charles Darwin said, “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.” So, I guess we don’t have a choice but to accept the technology, learn it, and start using it. Thanks Charles.

Webster’s Online Dictionary:

Technophilia – Enthusiasm for new technology.

Technophobia – Dislike for new technology.

Maintaining this blog is actually going to help me learn about what educational technology tools are out there, look at their added value, and then pass the information on to you. At that point, you can decide if the e-tool is something you may want to put into your own ‘teaching toolbox’. When searching for cool ‘e-stuff’, my criteria as a professor will be simple: Does it add value to the task at hand (or we may as well just keep using what is already working for us)?  Is it quick and easy to learn and use (because we don’t have a lot of discretionary time)? For major applications and new technologies, determine if it is just a passing fad, or is it part of a longer term trend that is worth investing in, sooner rather than later.

I’ll be filing these posts under the category called, ‘Technophilia’ as soon as I begin to conduct research and then try out the tools myself. If you’re a technophobe now, hopefully these posts will help to convert you to being a technophile. By the way, if your smartphone was able to scan the QR code, great; if not, welcome to new world of educational technology. Sigh.

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