A Closer Look at Educational Technology


Maria A. Clausen (Editor)

Series: Technology in a Globalizing World
BISAC: EDU029030

The opening chapter of A Closer Look at Educational Technology identifies the three fundamental obstacles that are currently preventing the development of successful large-scale STEAM projects. It defines an ontology of these projects, labeled Computational STEAM.

Next, a case study examines the degree to which teachers in a well-resourced secondary school integrate technology into their teaching. The author, who spent five months at the school studying its journey toward integration, utilized three lenses to determine the degree to which technology integration was successful or not: the presence of student-centered practices, evidence of higher-level thinking, and the Substitution-Augmentation-Modification-Redefinition Framework.

The authors discuss the way in which makerspaces proliferate in abandoned cities and factories. Beyond these informal areas, the makers have crossed the walls of formal educational institutions and are making their way into universities. In this line, the integration of makerspaces in universities represents a challenge of the highest level, as it involves breaking the barriers between formal and informal learning.

The authors also present an analysis of current trends in educational technology so that readers may assess the feasibility of inclusion and scalability of implementation within their organizations.

Practical examples of new technologies currently being used in language classes are presented in the concluding study, and the challenges that they pose to language teachers are outlined.
(Imprint: Nova)



Table of Contents


Chapter 1. An Ontology of Computational STEAM: The Role of Educational Technology
(Juan C. Olabe, Xabier Basogain and Miguel A. Olabe, Electrical and Computer Engineering, CBU, Memphis, US, and others)

Chapter 2. For Want of a Good Theory: Considerations for Technology Integration in Well-Resourced Schools
(Mary Burns, Education Development Center, Waltham, MA, US)

Chapter 3. Learning in the 21st Century for the Inclusion of the Makerspaces in Universities
(Urtza Garay, Eneko Tejada, Ainara Romero and Arantzazu López de la Serna, Department of Language and Literature Didactics, University of Basque Country, Leioa, Spain, and others)

Chapter 4. Organizational Philosophy and Planning: The Keys to the Adoption of Educational Technology
(Mildred Vanessa López Cabrera and Jorge E. Valdez García, School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Tecnologico de Monterrey, Monterrey, Mexico)

Chapter 5. A Closer Look at Some Educational Technologies for Language Learning
(Ana Niño, University of Manchester, Manchester, England)


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