Analyzing and Designing Technology-Based Instruction

Analyzing and Designing Technology-Based Instruction

Stephan Petrina (University of British Columbia, Canada)
Copyright: © 2007 |Pages: 25
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-337-1.ch001
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Abstract

A great irony in this age of information technologies is that communication skills for many people have atrophied. Students take low levels of communication and high levels of information overload for granted. This state of affairs has dire consequences for education, where clear, cogent communication is a prerequisite to learning. While it is tempting to “get with the times” by reducing communication to brief, sloppy exchanges, our challenge as teachers is to contradict these trends by modeling formal communication and information skills. This chapter begins with a description of an effective teacher to remind us that teaching involves a wide range of dispositions, knowledge, and skills. The remainder of the chapter focuses on demonstrations, lesson planning, and instructional objectives. Lesson plans and objectives are fundamental tools for demonstrating the applications, explanations, and implications of technologies to your students. Demonstrations are the single most effective method for technology teachers. Organization and communication are the keys to effective demonstrations. The intent of this chapter is to provide you with the instructional tools that ground the practice of teaching technology studies. Communication, demonstrations, and lesson planning. These are the tools that will help you to immerse yourself in the craft of teaching. Recalling the model of reflective practice explained in the preface, this book takes the form of cycles that begin with you as a teacher. Over the first four chapters, you will be challenged to identify with certain instructional practices and techniques, and to choose among those with which you most identify. This chapter provides the tools for scaffolding a wide range of curriculum and instructional dispositions, knowledge, and skills. The operative word in this chapter is practice. Practice, practice, practice!

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Dedication
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Acknowledgments
Chapter 1
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A great irony in this age of information technologies is that communication skills for many people have atrophied. Students take low levels of... Sample PDF
Analyzing and Designing Technology-Based Instruction
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Chapter 2
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What is intelligence? What do we know about knowledge? Are design and technological knowledge unique? Do different types of knowledge demand... Sample PDF
Organizing Knowledge for Instruction
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Chapter 3
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We began this book by acknowledging that the mere word “technology” provokes strong emotions or feelings from the heart. Advertisers play on these... Sample PDF
Feelings, Values, Ethics and Skills
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Chapter 4
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How do we factor the variability of students into our instructional methods? All students are different, and yet there are many commonalties from... Sample PDF
Instructional Methods and Learning Styles
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Chapter 5
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One of the most used and abused approaches to technology studies in the schools is creative design and technological problem-solving. Current... Sample PDF
Creativity and Ingenuity, Design, and Problem Solving
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Chapter 6
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Why do we use technologies in technology studies? Couldn’t we teach technology in a classroom without the complex lab and workshop infrastructures... Sample PDF
Learning Theory, technology and Practice
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Chapter 7
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Why should we teach technology in the schools? What is the reason for accommodating technology in the school curriculum? Why should we have to... Sample PDF
Justifying Technology Studies
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Chapter 8
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If status of a school subject is at issue, then content, benchmarks, and standards cannot be underestimated. Of course, the question is what content... Sample PDF
Technology Content, Process, and Standards
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Chapter 9
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Who should design the curriculum that technology educators teach? Should curriculum be developed by governments and ministries of education? Should... Sample PDF
Curriculum and Instruction Design
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Chapter 10
Assessment and Evaluation  (pages 280-321)
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Some teachers view assessment as a necessary evil. Some view assessment as their only real tool of discipline and power. Still other teachers view... Sample PDF
Assessment and Evaluation
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Chapter 11
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Classroom and facilities management require more than a series of techniques. Management and safety require a philosophy. Veteran teachers who “make... Sample PDF
Classroom Management, Facilities Design and Safety
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