skip to main content
Department of Computer Science University of Colorado Boulder
cu: home | engineering | mycuinfo | about | cu a-z | search cu | contact cu cs: about | calendar | directory | catalog | schedules | mobile | contact cs
home · events · colloquia · 2008-2009 · 

Colloquium - Eisenberg

ECCR 265

Rethinking Educational Technology: Some Early Steps
Department of Computer Science
Michael Eisenberg photo

The field of educational technology has long been influenced by underlying (and often unconscious) metaphors. Computers are seen as "artificial tutors"; the flat screen, like a page, is seen as the primary medium of presentation of instructional material; and peripherals are ... well ... peripheral.

Problematic metaphors such as these give rise to overly narrow philosophies of design in educational technology. An alternative way of thinking about educational technology is to focus on education, development, and children's lives through a more anthropological lens: How do children develop lifelong interests? How do they spend their time? What opportunities for technological innovation do we see in the major elements of children's culture? These are questions that lead to relatively unexplored themes for the design of educational technology.

In this talk I will outline a number of anthropological themes that suggest novel possibilities and projects in educational technology. Some of the examples will build on projects currently underway in our Craft Technology Lab at CU; others will look toward future projects, not yet begun.

Hosted by Clayton Lewis.

The Department holds colloquia throughout the Fall and Spring semesters. These colloquia, open to the public, are typically held on Thursday afternoons, but sometimes occur at other times as well. If you would like to receive email notification of upcoming colloquia, subscribe to our Colloquia Mailing List. If you would like to schedule a colloquium, see Colloquium Scheduling.

Sign language interpreters are available upon request. Please contact Stephanie Morris at least five days prior to the colloquium.

See also:
Department of Computer Science
College of Engineering and Applied Science
University of Colorado Boulder
Boulder, CO 80309-0430 USA
Send email to

Engineering Center Office Tower
ECOT 717
FAX +1-303-492-2844
XHTML 1.0/CSS2 ©2012 Regents of the University of Colorado
Privacy · Legal · Trademarks
May 5, 2012 (13:29)