Media & Technology Group
Notes on Chintan Shivir @ IISER, Pune. 25-26 March 2023
1. Definition of Technology: Technology is seen in the broader context, not only as electronic/information/digital form. From this perspective, the present gadgets/instruments are present in the classroom just as other technologies (for example, similar to a blackboard).
2. Social construction of technology: by this we mean technology should be shaped and driven by society, and not the other way round. Participation of all the players in the educational framework in the development of artistic, user-driven materials and the tools that make the creation of such relevant artefacts, including digital tools, should be treated as a key enabler.
3. Technology and teachers: the teacher’s role will be fundamentally changed, not removed, in a technology oriented classroom. Some of the classical and cherished ideas about learning, and the learning process, will have to be reimagined.
4. Reimagining learning: technology should not recreate what was done, and the way things were done, before the technology (presently known and future technologies) became accessible.
5. Agency and empowerment of learners: technology should empower children to become producers of knowledge, not merely consumers of knowledge.
6. Access principle: last mile connectivity must be created and established in an accessible manner, as an enabler of a right, and we should strive for that. We should prepare our pedagogies for a future when this is achieved.
7. Affirmative action on using Open Educational Resources and Free and Open Source Software in the educational context. This is particularly important from the perspective of encouraging young minds to adopt attitudes and disciplines of being producers and contributors of knowledge and knowledge spaces, and not be treated as consumers of content created via a hierarchical and potentially alien, commercial, and centralised provider system.
Media & Technology Group
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