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Colloquium - Eisenberg

Rethinking Educational Technology: Some Early Steps
Department of Computer Science

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.

Department of Computer Science
University of Colorado Boulder
Boulder, CO 80309-0430 USA
May 5, 2012 (14:13)