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8 Engaging Videos Advocating Better Integration of Technology in Education

by Kelly Walsh on July 13, 2009

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These inspiring, insightful videos make the case for stepping up the integration of technology in today’s classrooms

As an advocate of the use of Internet technologies in education, my fundamental goal is to inspire instructors and other members of the educational community to embrace the use of these technologies in today’s educational process. I’ve attempted to make the case myself in a couple previous blog posts, such as the popular 5 Reasons Why Educators Need To Embrace Internet Technologies and 10 Internet technologies that educators should be informed about. Of course, many others have made the case as well (and generally done so in a more captivating manner) as the videos below will attest.

Anyone who cares about this topic will be moved by some of these videos, and anyone who hasn’t been sold yet owes it to themselves (and the students they help to educate) to view at least a few of these, and be inspired to embrace today’s technologies in (and out of) the classroom.

(1) Michael Wesch’s A Vision of Student’s Today: If you are an educator and you haven’t seen this yet, there are some who might say you’ve been living under the proverbial rock. Professor Wesch’s outstanding (< 5 minute) video perspective on today’s students has been viewed over 3 million times, and is simply a must for this listing (and a must-see for you if you haven’t seen it already).

(2) Learning to Change – Changing to Learn:  “The US Dept of Commerce ranked 55 industry sectors by their level of IT intensiveness. Education was ranked number 55, the lowest. Below Coal Mining.”  This startling statement opens this excellent (5.5 minute) video, consisting of one well spoken statement after another, woven into an insightful and thoughtful narrative supporting the undeniable need for the US educational system to seriously step up their level of technology integration. Education can lead us into the future (rather than playing ‘catch up’) and position our children, and adult learners, to excel in today’s world and the world of tomorrow. 

(3) A Vision of today’s K-12 Students:  This (4 min.) video borrows from Michael Wesch’s work and the popular “Future is now” video, using elementary aged kids to hold signs up to tell the story. This is well done, if derivative, and should strike a point with those involved in educating young children.

(4) Education Technology Showcase: In this brief (< 3 min.) video, we follow a walking tour demonstration of many education technologies, which took place following a U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Education & Labor hearing on the “Future of Technology: How Technology is Transforming Public Schools”.

(5) Using Technology in Education (mental health focus):  This well done (6 1/2 min.) video is focused on mental health, and supports the idea that Internet based applications can provide a useful route for kids suffering from depression or other mental health issues to be able to reach out for help in a way that may work well for many of them.

(6) The Future Is Now:  This widely viewed (5 min.) outstanding video is rather mesmerizing with its opening “Did You Know?” question and answer format, its propulsive music, and the onslaught of fascinating ‘factoids’. While it is not focused specifically on education, it implies the need for it, and I think I would be remiss not to include in this list. (This is not the original copy of the video, but a different posting of it that seems to be the same as the original one I saw). [Note: Click here for an excellent updated 8 min version of the video].

(7) 3 Phases of Educational Technology : This (7 minute) video provides insight into how teachers typically adopt technology. I thought this was a useful inclusion here because it provides awareness of where an instructor (or educational institution as a whole) is in the cycle. Phase 1: Teacher uses technology to support/facilitate lecture; Phase 2: Students use online resources to access knowledge; Phase 3: Student becomes a producer of info (not just a consumer). Hopefully many have reached phase 3. I feel there is in fact a Phase 4 which consists of teachers and students working together, and in groups, in an interactive “community” setting to produce work, conduct research, etc. Where are you in this adoption cycle?

(8) Vision for technology in K-12 Education: This (4+ min.) video uses a “What If? …” question format, a walks through events in the student and teacher environment, showing how technology can be integral to the educational experience.

I’ll wrap up with a ‘bonus’ video – an amusing plea from the future to fix education now (before it’s too late) – just another way of trying to make the point.

I hope you found some of these videos enjoyable and motivating, and share them with others! Have you seen any other technology-in-education videos that you found inspiring? Comment and let us know about them, please. Thanks, and see you next week when I start a series on the use of emerging Internet technologies for students with special needs.

About 

Kelly Walsh is Chief Information Officer, and an adjunct faculty member, at The College of Westchester in White Plains, NY and is the founder and author of EmergingEdTech.com. As an education technology advocate, he frequently delivers presentations on a variety of related topics at schools and conferences across the U.S. Walsh is also an author, and online educator, periodically running Flipped Class Workshops online. His latest eBook, the Flipped Classroom Workshop-in-a-Book was published in September, 2013 and is available here. In his spare time Walsh also writes, records, and performs original (and cover) songs (look for "K. Walsh" on iTunes or Amazon.com or check out his original song videos on here on YouTube ).

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Zoey Patterson August 5, 2014 at 8:14 pm

Wonderful Piece

K. Walsh October 24, 2010 at 6:51 am

Hi Fred -

Curmudgeonliness aside, I appreciate your honest feedback! You make good points. My goal with this post was simply to share some videos that stimulate thought about education technology and how it can be used in an impactful way in the classroom. I certainly agree that they are not all making awe inspiring observations – few of these are going to change anyone’s world, but at the same time, some of them make some very good points and can certainly raise awareness.

Do you have any specific videos or articles or other resources that you can point us to that you feel are more effective at advocating integration technology in education?

Fred Mindlin October 18, 2010 at 7:47 am

I hate to sound like a curmudgeon, but #8, Vision for technology in K-12 Education, shows students randomly and thoughtlessly moving photos around on the touch board, with no real interaction or communication happening, and a teacher asking students to use their clickers to answer the question “What was your favorite butterfly?”, an empty and trivial question. This video comes across as essentially an ad for Microsoft and video game mentalities, not as an argument for thoughtful uses of technology to enhance learning.

And the video cited by VideoGuru2009 quotes the long-since debunked specious statistic about percentages of retention, which is a classic example of non-scholarship: there was never such a study; the neat evenly-rounded jumps of the numbers from one category to the next should be a red flag. While there is certainly a valid point to be made, that students will retain more when they are tasked to teach a skill as part of the learning process, this kind of bogus scientism does not help.

Altogether, the series of videos seems to me to serve to advance the myth of the digital native rather than to advocate for real integration of technology into education. The main point should be to empower students to be creators with technology rather than consumers of the technology products of others, and none of these videos makes that point.

K. Walsh September 29, 2009 at 12:40 pm

Thanks ‘Guru’ – yeah, this is a great little video about the importance of integrating digital technologies into the classroom!

VideoGuru2009 September 28, 2009 at 12:17 pm

I found this gem on youtube, well done video!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bznfiNkzgec&feature=channel

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