EDUC 8842 Module 5 Blog Post August 3, 2014
Static versus Dynamic Technologies in Distance Education by Linette Rasheed
Technology integration in online learning and using it on a continuum from static to dynamic benefits all learners. As discussed by Dr. Moller in his paper Static and Dynamic Technologies, uses vary from requiring students to receive information without much thought, a passive type of learning known as static, to what is described as a middle of the road approach, which Moller described as “approaches [that] allow learners to interact with the content [and] require learners to analyze what others are contributing, to consider and compare these ideas to an existing knowledge representation or other information, and to synthesize and present responses that reflect the initiating idea.” 2008 ). The far end of the continuum is described as dynamic because learner interactivity involves higher order thinking.
Dynamic technologies, as I reflect on my own ideology, seem to align naturally. However, in order to reach all learners, and keep them engaged, using the continuum from static to dynamic seems more beneficial. In doing so, it is still doable to allow students to work collaboratively with content as well as communicate. Projects that require students to brainstorm and discuss what they already know, or at least what they think they know about a topic, in addition to gathering information for research in order to synthesize it all into a finished, cohesive project, are some of the activities I’ve required students to complete. In addition, students used Google docs to collaborate, give feedback, and edit each other’s work. These completed projects far exceeded my expectations as students took control of their own learning and felt empowered. That’s my take, Linette
Moller, L. (2008). Static and dynamic technologies. Laureate Education, Inc.
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