My Philosophy of Educational Technology
The philosophy that guides my use of educational technology.
My philosophy on learning is based on my undegraduate study of anthropology. I firmly believe that people must learn how to survive in the world around them, and the best way they can do this is by having an interactive education where they learn from the instructor and fellow students. With this in mind, I believe that technology is a key that can open the door to a whole new world of teaching because it allows students and educators access to information in a way that has never been seen before. Technology is also a tool that allows students to be interactive with their learning. This interaction will open the minds of students and have a better grasp of what they are learning.
The human species has evolved beyond any other animal on Earth (at least to our knowledge). The inventions that the species have created over the course of millions of years – from simple handheld stone tools to microchips that hold gigabytes of information – is remarkable, and has allowed humans to get to where they are at present time. Some people may believe it is because of the enormous brains that humans have, that has allowed these inventions to happen. I would agree, adding that is also because humans have the uncanny ability to teach each other how to create and use the inventions, along with the unique desire to attain as much knowledge as possible regarding not only inventions, but also the entire world. With this in mind, it is easy to see how important it is to use technology in the classroom.
I believe that education is the most important opportunity that people can offer themselves, and it is imperative that all children, and even adults, receive a proper, substantial education that will not only benefit the individual student, but the world around them as well. As the world becomes infiltrated with more and more technology it is important to properly expose students to and educate them about these new tools so that they have a foundation to prosper in the outside world. Using technology in the classroom also allows for more interactive learning, engaging students in the lessons more than just typical lecture formats. This means that more students will become active learners, which means they will likely retain more information.
Technology is a tool, and a powerful one at that. If used correctly in a classroom, students can begin to gain skills and knowledge that will allow them to survive in the world, today, which is the goal of education as a whole. It is the same goal our ancestors have had for millennia, and it is one that humans will likely maintain forever.
Web sites that reflect my philosophy of education and educational technology.
Multiple Intelligences Learning Theory
Constructivist Learning Theory
John Dewey's Philosophy of Education
Jonathan Kozol's Philosophy of Education
Lev Vygotsky's Social Development Theory
International Society for Technology in Education
My favorite books and articles on education and educational technology.
Papert, S. (1993).
Mindstorms: Children, computers, and powerful ideas
. New York: Basic Books.
diSessa, A. (2001).
Changing Minds: Computers, Learning, and Literacy.
Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press.
Kay, A. (1991).
Computers, Networks and Education.
Scientific America, 265 (3).
Committee on Information Technology Literacy, et al. (1999).
Being Fluent with Information Technology.
Washington, DC: National Academy Press.
Kozol, J. (1991).
. New York: Harper Perrenial.
Dewey, J. (1938).
Experience & Education
. Kappa Delta Pi.
Resnick, M., et al. (November, 2008). Scratch: Programming for All.
Communications of the ACM
, 52 (11).
Fosnot, C.T. (1989).
Enquiring Teachers, Enquiring Learners: A Constructivist Approach for Teaching
. New York: Teachers College Press.
Clark, R.C. & Mayer, R.E. (2011).
e-Learning and the Science of Instruction: Proven Guidelines for Consumers and Designers of Multimedia Learning
San Francisco: Pfeiffer.
Joshua B. Frisch
- Last Updated: February 2012