Sunday, December 28, 2014

A Baker's Half-Dozen Quotes about Educational Technology

As the year ends, I am republishing the Opinion Drive-thru's seven most viewed posts of 2014.  This is #4. Originally posted back in February, frankly I have no idea as to why this had the fourth most views.

True teachers rise to the top not by chance but through passion and purpose.
-- Robert John Meehan

Going online is such an intrinsically solitary act yet, ironically, it fosters the creation of groups and very strong relationships. 
-- Douglas Coupland

Publicness threatens institutions whose power is invested in the control of information and audiences
-- Jeff Jarvis

As schools discuss the rights and wrongs of tablets in education I can only offer an opinion based on two years of usage . . . .The opportunities they provide have led to a shift in my own teaching and this doesn’t appear to have had a negative effect on my students. It also felt right to adjust what I had been doing for 10 years and I’m certain I’m a better educator for it. 
-- Daniel Edwards

The best teachers are those who show you where to look but don't tell you what to see. 
-- Alexandra K Trenfor

Diversity in educational technology doesn’t just extend to Apple vs Google vs Microsoft, but books vs eBooks, YouTube vs Vimeo, Google+ vs facebook, elbow partners vs school-to-school peers, eLearning vs in-class scripted curriculum, Prezi vs PowerPoint, BYOD vs non, and on and on. . . . in the big picture, diversity strengthens the whole, adds important authenticity, complexity, creates new patterns, and puts the focus back on why the learning technology exists in the first place–to serve students. 
-- Terry Heick

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