The Seduction of Technology: Losing & Regaining Perspective

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After a brief background on the evolution of the teacher education course in which we have collaborated as instructional technologist and teacher educators for over 10 years, we will identify the instructional and learning problems that we set out to solve, detail our critical process, illustrate the range of student products emerging from that process, identify how habit and fragmentation built their traps, and present the questions that have challenged us as we eventually lost, and then found, our way back (or forward?) where we are asking the questions: What are the implications of our experience, what kind of world does our practice – and that of our students – serve, and how can we transform exhaustion into exhilaration? We will invite members of the audience to share their own experiences and look for untested feasibilities arising from their own practice – eschewing a formula for transformation and, instead, seeking new paradigms through dialogue shaped by diversity of viewpoints and the desire for a new community of thought. In this interactive mode, the goal will be to question our roles, examine our assumptions, and consider actions that subvert the dominant paradigm (exhaustion) – in which exists an unexamined consumption of technology – and that work toward a new paradigm (creation) – that pursues emotional and artistic beauty.

Keywords: Critical Pedagogy, Educational Technology, Instructional Technology, Technology Integration
Stream: Technology in Community
Presentation Type: Workshop Presentation in English
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Yitna Firdyiwek

Faculty Development Coordinator, Information Technology and Communications, University of Virginia
Charlottesville, Virginia, USA

Yitna Firdyiwek works as technology advisor to faculty at the University of Virginia. His academic interests include: * Computer technology in teacher performance support * Pedagogy and technology in computer couseware design * Technology in language learning and writing instruction * Electronic portfolios in writing instruction. He lives in Charlottesville, Virginia with his spouse and their two children.

Dr. Margo Figgins

Faculty, Curry School of Education, University of Virginia
Charlottesville, Virginia, USA

Dr. Carl A. Young

Faculty, Education, North Carolina State University
Raleigh, North Carolina, USA

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