Satellite Broadcast Discussion
had come to the point where it was necessary to put thoughts together
for the benefit of technology and the technology user. The only
viable options were either a paper delivered in a session at a
conference or convention, where the audience would undoubtedly
be limited in number, or the creation of something more grandiose
and appealing which would serve a larger public. I chose the latter.
The grant proposal I wrote for the resurgence of the Tucker
Multimedia Center at Washington
and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia, USA, therefore,
had to include a component which called for a discussion group
whose sole purpose would be to parley and evaluate technology
use in teaching and would determine the direction technology must
take in its ongoing revolution for identity in the classroom.
The only way to reach a following of significant size was to structure
the discussion around the use of satellite and web technologies.
Thus, the concept gave birth to the Baker's
Dozen Discussion Group to be composed of leading
educators from across the continent and to be broadcast via satellite
and video streamed around the world. The teleconference was unique
in conception and hastened to delve into the many areas where
questions arise in technology use, development, and assessment.
The primary areas of discussion were methodologies and applicability
of technology in the classroom. Emphasis in the discussion was
theory and practices using technology, expected and assured outcomes
with technology use, the changes in knowledge acquisition as it
pertains to the technological interface, and the integration of
technology into the teaching and learning processes.
For the purpose of the broadcast and this web site, technology
is being defined as the ways in which the computer and its
elements can be used
to enhance the experience of both teachers and students in various
educational contexts. Since the expertise of many of the participants
in the discussion group is in the teaching of language, culture, and literature,
specific examples in the discussion are rooted in those fields.
Many of the same principles apply to other areas in the humanities
and beyond, however.
I invite you to browse this site. If you have a particular strategy
or method or means of applying a technological tool from which
others might profit, share your knowledge with our readers. Perhaps
you would rather tell others about some of your experiences
surrounding technology. Or maybe you just want to read what the
experts say, and wish to gain insight into the mysterious
realm of technology.
Whatever the case, keep checking back as Technology:
Tool or Method? will be undergoing constant
changes and updating to keep you, the educator, completely informed.