Group Two Wiki Notes: Technology Applications

2603256287_e9f68bbaef_t.jpg Applications of digital video, mobile devices, social media, and the global network.
For many people, technology is a primary means of connecting with each other, socializing, getting work done, and managing one's commitments. As an integral part of everyday life, technology empowers us to communicate with one another no matter where we may be located or what we may be doing. Students are connected directly to experts, to information, and to one another in ways that were not possible a short time ago. Digital video, mobile devices, social media, and the global network can have a profound effect on teaching and learning when employed in a way that gives students the ability to do their own research, draw their own conclusions, and communicate their own findings.

Please consider any five of the following questions as you explore the theme of the applications of digital video, mobile devices, social media, and the global network.

1. Pick one or more of these technologies. What are some ways it might facilitate or mediate teaching and learning?

  • You need a mix of technologies.
  • You can't keep we the path of change of technology. Have to keep your head cold not to struggle to catch up with technology.

2. How can the technology you chose be employed in a classroom setting? In informal learning? In mentoring?

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3. How can the use of the technology you selected prepare students to live and work in today's world?

  • Increasingly, ICTs are a good metaphore of how the world is changing. They are tools - and should be used as such - but they are also good objects of research to understand the world.

4. What infrastructure is needed in order for more students to gain access to the technology? What equipment is required? How can these things be supplied?

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5. What are the unique implications for the K-12 level? the postsecondary level? for lifelong or independent learners?

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6. What are the policy implications?

  • What is the business model of technology (and technological services) suppliers/companies? What's the impact of these business models on the society?

7. What are some promising examples? (please list URLs if possible)

8. What are some of the roadblocks?

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Action Steps

List the top three to five action steps that could be taken right now towards implementing this idea. Which people or organization(s) might be able to take each action?

1. Multimobile services: content is adapted to the user regardless of device access (e.g. if you access the network with a mobile, you're delivered content designed on purpose for mobiles; if you access the network with broadband, you get richer content than if you accessed it with low quality connections, etc.). Same content, form changes.
2. Multimodality. Combinations of different technologies and applications.
3. Work with the GSM network. Interest them the way they are interested in sport.