Seeing technology

Seeing technology.
Part II of Digital Community, Digital Citizenship is devoted to seeing technology and understand one's own relationship with technology, within and outside the classroom. Toward that end, it offers a number of exercises to help readers understand what that relationship is, and to see technology in a broader and deeper perspective, both personally and professionally.

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Understanding Your School's Technology Culture. Become an anthropologist who seeks to understand the nature of your school community as a technology culture. Find out what technology your school has, who uses it and why, who the technology leaders are, what policies and standards guide technology’s use, and what customs and rituals are observed in relation to using technology in teaching, learning, administration, and interacting with the public. I have taught technology infusion classes for preservice teachers for many years. This is one of their first assignments. The goal is to have them see the technology culture in which they work and to understand how technology and digital citizenship are viewed by that culture. Once they have gained that perspective, they have a much better chance of being a successful practitioner.

If you are interested in this, you can download an observation instrument that try using the observation instrument I provide for my K-12 educational technology students, “Knowing Your School’s Technology Culture.” It is a Word document, so you can open it up and simply fill it in, much like you would fill in questionnaire.