January 13, 2009 - History of Educational Technology (pre-computer)

Meeting Topic - History of Educational Technology
  • Dr. Richard Schwier and Dr. Jay Wilson are our guests this week and they will speak about the history of educational technology. The presenters will take us through a tour of some of the technologies that were used in education over the years, many of these being "old school" (pre-computer) techniques for using media in classrooms.

Check Your Progress
By now, you should have already accomplished the following:
  • Familiarized yourself with the course wiki, course assessments, and processes.
  • Set up a blog space, and shared the address with your instructor.
  • Begun posting to your blog at least 1-2/week on educational issues, reflections on the course, readings, or on other media related to education or educational technology.
  • Set up a Google account and begun subscribing to blogs of others.
  • Commenting on the blog posts of others.
  • Completed or be near completion of the introductory activity.
  • Begun documenting things you have attempted, and your reflections on these. This can be done to your blog, or to a separate offline document.

This Week's Tasks
  • Think about your major digital project. If you have preliminary ideas please send these to your instructor.
  • Continue to familiarize yourself with the tools and the course.
  • You may want to consider posting about tonight's session, or there is media below that you may want to use for inspiration.

Readings and Media
  • The Future of Online Learning: Ten Years On - Stephen Downes presents his vision for the next 10 years in online learning. What do you think of these predictions?
  • Kaplan University Apology - There's a new, viral Youtube advertisement from Kaplan University featuring James Avery. What do you think of this apology and the ideas related? What about the potential of Youtube for university recruitment? Critiques of the message, the medium, or creator?

The Elluminate Recording for this Session can be found here .