EdTech as Friend or Foe: Where Do You Stand

Where do you stand on educational technology. Do you actively support its use and are you willing to try just about anything at least once? Or are you skeptical and concerned that most edtech is taking learning in the wrong direction? Perhaps we are emerging from a phase of edtech development to one of edtech productivity. Continue reading EdTech as Friend or Foe: Where Do You Stand

Knowing and Recommending Edtech Tools (even when you might not use them)

Do you like discovering and learning about new edtech tools? This column shares a few new ones – or at least new to this blogger. Should librarian-educators stick to the edtech they can use – or should they learn about the ones that might be useful to non-library faculty? Continue reading Knowing and Recommending Edtech Tools (even when you might not use them)

What’s Holding Back Faculty Adoption of EdTech?

If instructors were recognized and rewarded for experimenting with and adopting new educational technologies in their classrooms that could significantly change Blended Librarians’ ability to work collaboratively with faculty for greater use of library and non-library learning technology. The current system is the problem not the solution Continue reading What’s Holding Back Faculty Adoption of EdTech?

Yes – There is a National EdTech Plan

Did you know there is a National Educational Technology Plan? While it mostly addresses the K-12 learning environment there’s worthwhile information here for academic blended librarians. Today’s K-12 students are our future students, so it’s valuable to see how edtech is developing in their learning environment. Continue reading Yes – There is a National EdTech Plan

Educational Technology as Amplifier

I was interested to see what Marc Prensky, the educational technology advocate, had to say about Toyama’s book. Blended librarians bring together skills in research, information technology and instructional design. I believe this positions them to be good leaders at their institutions to collaborate with faculty, educational technologists and those working across the spectrum of academic support services, to identify and implement thoughtful technology applications that will contribute to enhanced student learning. Continue reading Educational Technology as Amplifier

Faculty Affirm Ed Tech Funds Are Well Spent

Higher education institutions invest significant funds on educational technology. From learning management systems to the latest generation of wireless projectors and personal response systems, there is a demand to keep up with the latest tools to support learning. But if faculty fail to use these technologies or don’t believe they can actually make a difference, then the investment is likely going to waste. Here’s what a new survey has to say about that. Continue reading Faculty Affirm Ed Tech Funds Are Well Spent

Tech Gadgets Emerging As Next-Gen Instructional Technology

When it comes to instructional technology our thinking tends to focus primarily on how we integrate software into the learning process. A new generation of tech gadgets suggests that Blended Librarians should be paying as much attention to hardware as they do to software. Continue reading Tech Gadgets Emerging As Next-Gen Instructional Technology