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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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  • Sep 29 2013: I see this all the time. Educators, educated formally, want technology in the classroom. Learning is a fundamental task. Technology should be used as a tool not a gimmic or buzz word. The biggest issue I see is educators trying to use technology they don't understand.

    Example; students swipe ID card to start recording so instructors can refer back to a lesson for each individual. I think computers should be more seemlessly used in classrooms by students and faculty. Integrare the LMS, a web application, note taking or reading by using computers. This way...the experience and content can be transcribed and more information can be accessible to students and faculty to enhance the learning experience.

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