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Amy Peach

Director of Instructional Technology, Fontbonne University, St Louis, MO USA


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If you had a technology toy room to play with the most amazing educational technologies available today, what would be in it?

I've been given the remarkable privilege of starting a Center for Educational and Emerging Technology where university faculty and K-12 educators can come together to explore classroom technologies.

It will be a space where everyone can get their hands on the technology and discuss in a very diverse group the potential it has for meaningful change in the classroom. The budget is limited to start off, so what tools have you seen that have the potential for disruption in either higher ed or K-12 classrooms? If it's expensive, what groups do you think would likely fund their purchase for a center like this?


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  • Gord G 50+

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    Sep 27 2013: I was involved in such a project. It's an interesting dilemma. Considering the increased speed of innovation and the unpredictable shifts in the technological landscape, I think forward thinking educators is essential to a successful enterprise.

    Go beyond the physical technology and focus on the purpose and meaning of technology. That will never change. I realize this doesn't address the problem of deciding what technologies are most relevant at this moment, but it does shift the mindset of the people holding the purse strings. It informs them there isn't a right answer, only a budget and a group of educators who are sensitive to change.
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      Sep 27 2013: I couldn't agree more, Gord. That is the key piece here. I do want them to work with the technologies, but the focus of any sessions we conduct is how it should be used, what objectives you have for using it, and how do you know you've achieved those objectives with this technology.
      • Sep 27 2013: To add my voice, no amount of simulations can replace an actual experiment, even if that experiment has been done trillions of times before. More is learned by actually doing Archimede's principle (displacement vs. mass to illustrate density) than by any high-tech simulation, thereof. Future scientists will not be spending all their time in silico. Real experiments will still need to be done.

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