Adding “Cognitive Surplus” to the Mix of Technology and Education

This is a very different post for me, so please know that the following represents my thinking and not that of the College.  Currently, I am enrolled in the Masters of Teaching with Technology at the Marlboro College Graduate Center in Brattleboro, VT. where part of the homework for one of my courses was to watch/listen/read a Clay Shirky talk on Ted Talks called “How cognitive surplus will change the world”.  I look at technology and education especially for those of us who learn differently, with fresh eyes and his idea rekindled the fire that edtech has been smoldering a little lately.  I struggle with how to collect and organize all of the amazing web 2.0 tools that could help compensate for the challenges our students face everyday.  However, my larger struggle that silently says, “who cares, no one on our campus reads your blog, why bother” is dissemination.  I think a lot of institutions of higher ed are struggling with how to deal with pace of technology and the new way information is created, stored and accessed.  How can the faculty be expected to keep up with all of the changes and still teach their subject matter?  What is the technology and education integration plan?  Who is going to create and assess  tech standards for professors and students?  How will the students learn about tools if the professors don’t have time to learn how to use them?  The rules seem to say that the professors are to be the instructors at the same time saying that the professors don’t have time to learn or teach the skills.  The end result is that students loose out because there is no approved path for tech instruction.  This lose has been the major instigator for this blog’s creation and I need to remember the “cognitive surplus” idea.  I also ask of you, readers to contribute to comments if you find something that is/could become part of this bridge  linking web 2.0 tools and students with learning differences.  Thank you.



About digitaltext

Digital Text Coordinator at Landmark College in Putney, VT; a 2 year college for students who learn differently.
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