The Difference between Technology and Media
1. What is the difference between technology and media? Compare each definition given by the authors with your own personal definition or understanding of each. What’s similar? What’s different? Anything surprising?
2. What issues might be important for a teacher to address when selecting a particular technology or medium for integration into the curriculum?
3. Explore the Common Core State Standards http://www.corestandards.org/ and the ISTE Standards for Teachers and for Students formerly known as the National Educational Technology Standards (NETS-T and NETS-S) at http://www.iste.org/standards/iste-standards
How do the two set of standards relate?
1) The difference between technology and media is that technology (hardware) is the thing that gives you the media (information), usually in the newest, latest fashion. The book describes instructional technology as the integration of teacher and student use and knowledge of tools, resources, and techniques to improve learning. Whereas, the media used in learning, would be the text, audio and visual manifestations, as well, as good old human beings!
To me, the media is the same as reading (text), listening (audio) to people (video) as it has been, but the technology has advanced in that you can share it more readily and vastly, in seconds. I liken it to the difference between and adjective and a verb: technology is the what, and the media is the how.
They're similar because they all need electricity, which leaves a LOT of people out of the loop. It's different in that people are now learning at their own rate, and it's much more individualized and personal, whereas before it was more of a community vibe. 'Each one teach one' these days seems to refer to a computer, and not a livening, breathing, human.
Nothing surprises me anymore.
2) Teachers have to think about access when selecting a particular technology in the classroom. Even though a good number of homes have internet access, that doesn't mean they have a desktop or a computer for everyone at home to use. I know quite a few parents that have a laptop at home that they never let the children use, because they don't 'trust' it.
It would probably be better to survey the students and parents early on to ask what they have access to, as well as their interests.
3) I'm pretty upset that I'm just learning about the ISTE, and that they have standards similar to the way the Common Core has them laid out. Am I late to this? It seems like all teachers should be using both standards in lesson planning. The standards and objectives for learning are definitely related. The ISTE is more focused on the technology applications of the standard, and lists suggested projects and performance based assignments to assist in meeting those standards.