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The Allegory of the Scrambled Egg

January 18, 2010

Many tools are available for faculty who want to help students learn more effectively. It goes without saying that not all of the tools involve computers and the Internet. However, a large part of my job involves helping folks slice their way through the vast jungle of confusing choices that is educational technology.

Every year we offer an event called “Teaching Well Using Technology.” It’s a popular workshop that provides strategies for choosing and implementing technology in a course. My good friend Bruce Spitzer at Indiana University South Bend is collaborating with me to revise the workshop, and as part of our preparation we decided to produce a few videos.

The first video is an allegory for choosing technology. It traces the steps of determining a need, choosing a strategy to meet that need, and then picking a tool to carry out the strategy. We’re hoping it will form the basis for good discussion and then help workshop participants remember some valuable lessons. To set a good example, we used inexpensive tools that are relatively easy to use.

Sure, it’s a bit hokey; that was unavoidable with Bruce and me. But do you think the message is clear? We would love to see your comments.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Chris Clark permalink*
    December 31, 2010 11:17 am

    Very good points. Wash our hands – of course!!

    We knew it was too long. Perhaps a year later it is time for a shorter v.2.

  2. Fluxion Fred permalink
    December 31, 2010 10:18 am

    Totally valid point and structure. A worthy exercise. However,…

    1) First two ingredients in any meal: a pair of clean hands!
    2) This could be edited down to two minutes. One specific change: have the decision of mixing tools represented with one screen of titles per tool; list the pros and cons. Maybe presented on top of live video.

    These comments are from someone whose videos are *all* too long. Keep up the good work!

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