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Colloquium - Eisenberg

Educational Technology Beyond the Screen
Department of Computer Science

This talk will be an informal presentation of several of the newer (and ongoing) educational projects in the Craft Technology Lab. A major theme of this work is that "educational technology" means much more than simply "using computers in schools". That is: there are many opportunities for learning outside the traditional classroom, and there are many instances of technology that transcend or augment the desktop or handheld computer.

Part of this talk will be devoted to larger themes of how technology can be created with an eye toward children's culture. By looking at education as a task of "cultural design", we can avoid some of the pitfalls of a purely cognitive-science driven approach to the field of educational technology.

Michael Eisenberg is a Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Institute of Cognitive Science at the University of Colorado. He is a President's Teaching Scholar at CU; recipient of the University's Thomas Jefferson Award in 2010; and recipient of the Sullivan-Carlson Award from CU's School of Engineering in 2005. His research interests focus on mathematics and science education, and on blending computational technology and ideas with the best traditions of children's hands-on crafts.

Sponsored by the Center for Lifelong Learning & Design.

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