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  • Jay 2:03 pm on September 15, 2011
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    Tags: edtech articles, emerging edtech   

    Here is an interesting website called EmergingEdTech. (http://www.emergingedtech.com/) I found that provides a plethora of articles that make the case for edtech. One I found of particular interest was the article titled Education Technology Is An Enabler, Not a Magic Wand” (September 7, 2011) a short article in response to the NY Times online article “In […]

    Continue reading Here is an interesting website called Em… Posted in: Blog Café
    • themusicwoman 9:33 pm on September 16, 2011 | Log in to Reply

      Jay, thanks for the links to those articles. And I still consider myself a techie padawan among techie masters.

  • Jay 10:51 am on September 15, 2011
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    Tags: immgrant services, international, NGO, OECD   

    The OECD report on Trends in Education 2010 focuses on a few specific areas of global change with technology included as the last chapter of five. Much of the report is written with a social lens as opposed to a business or technological lens that some of the other reports are written from. The report […]

    Continue reading OECD – filling in the gaps Posted in: Week 02: The Edtech Marketplace
    • Angela Novoa 12:43 pm on September 15, 2011 | Log in to Reply

      Hi Jay,

      Thanks for sharing such complete critique of this report. An updated version of this report would be interesting to review, as the set of questions that it poses are relevant for knowing about the implications of new technologies to teaching and learning.



    • Everton Walker 3:16 pm on September 15, 2011 | Log in to Reply

      Nice and thorough presentation. I also take issue currency of the information you spoke about. At the rapid rate technology is advancing, one needs to be aware of the latest trend. However, is this rapid pace doing more harm than good? Are we really maximizing the full potential of the older technologies or we are just simply treating them like sanitary napkins?

      • Jay 4:47 pm on September 15, 2011 | Log in to Reply

        I like the sanitary napkin analogy and I don’t know if we are actually mazimizing the full potential of older technologies simply because there’s no time. There’s always something “newer” and “better” and I would argue that while the pace of technological advancement is exciting it does not allow for adaption and is far too costly to continuously stay in the loop. Newer isn’t always better and I think sometimes we should work on mazimizing what we have before moving on to something that might be more advanced or a newer version.

    • Doug Smith 9:02 pm on September 17, 2011 | Log in to Reply

      Great critique Jay. Like you (I think), my instinct is to say that 2008 is outdated. However, if we’re talking about emerging markets, we still want to keep an eye towards something that has some stability. This is similar to the choosing between small cap and blue chip investing. I think that most people that are contemplating some type of venture into educational technology will find comfort and interest in reviewing reports that show stability, growth and reduction.

  • Jay 7:19 pm on September 7, 2011
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    Hi Everyone, My name is Jay and I just completed a diploma in adult education and beginning my M.Ed in adult education. I am from small-town Manitoba but live in Vancouver now. I have a bachelor’s degree in cultural anthropology and environmental studies through the University of Manitoba. Last August I returned to Canada after three […]

    Continue reading New to blogging…hello to all Posted in: Week 01: Introductions
    • Allie 7:41 pm on September 7, 2011 | Log in to Reply

      Yay anthropologists (i’m one too). I’m really interested in intercultural education and technoogy, and so I’m very keen to hear your take on that, having taught in various different settings in Asia.

    • Jay 7:55 pm on September 7, 2011 | Log in to Reply

      Hey Allie. Glad to meet someone with similar interests. I think technology can do wonders in intercultural education especially in the EFL sector. Recently I have been really interested in newcomers to Canada and their settlement process as well as the various education programs surrouding intercultural ed., integration and settlement.

    • Everton Walker 8:47 pm on September 7, 2011 | Log in to Reply


      Great to have you. Lovely interests and experience. Let’s hope we will have a great time learning and sharing ideas.

    • David William Price 7:55 am on September 8, 2011 | Log in to Reply

      You’ve had some great life experiences. How do you think we could help other people take risks and have similar experiences? How would technology play a part in that?

      • Jay 7:22 am on September 9, 2011 | Log in to Reply

        I think helping people take risks and have experiences is not an easy task. Technology’s role would involve helping educate people to see past stereotypes and understand differences since it is often fear or anxiety of the unknown that inhibits peoples risk taking.

        • Jay 7:53 am on September 9, 2011 | Log in to Reply

          on a further note, technology allows us to connect over distances in a virtual space to share differences and knowledge. As a simple example I used a video exchange project in one of my schools to teach my students about American schools and how different they were from Japanese schools and we sent a video of our school (in Japan) to a friend of mine who was an elementary teacher in Nebraska. Technology has allowed us to have `virtual experiences` without the risks for those who may not be able to just relocate themselves physically.

    • kstooshnov 12:11 pm on September 8, 2011 | Log in to Reply

      Hi Jay,

      Welcome back from Asia, and it sounds like you had a great experience in Japan and Myanmar – I had lived in Kanazawa, Ishikawa prefecture for three years before returning to Vancouver to start my B.Ed a few years ago. I would like to hear more about the cultural studies teaching you did, and hopefully get to see how similar projects can be designed with learning technologies in mind.

      All the best for ETEC 522,

      • Jay 7:36 am on September 9, 2011 | Log in to Reply

        Hey Kyle. I never did make it to Ishikawa but had some friends that lived there for a while. Most of the cultural studies lessons were incorporated into my English classes. Although I did alot more with the community adult class as I had more flexibility with this class. The one year we made an educational video to introduce the area to foreigners moving to or visiting the area. This was by far one of the more rewarding projects in this class that allowed us to use a learning technology (video).

    • hall 6:38 pm on September 8, 2011 | Log in to Reply

      It doesn’t appear we have virtually met in this programme before now. It is pleasure to meet you and hope to learn a lot from you as the course proceeds.

      • Jay 9:57 am on September 9, 2011 | Log in to Reply

        thanks for the welcoming. I am hoping to be able to share and discuss many different ideas and knowledge with all of you. I am not very knowledgable in the technology side of education and am looking forward to learning so much this term.

    • Deb Giesbrecht 5:17 am on September 9, 2011 | Log in to Reply

      Hey Jay, I hear you on the ‘blogging’ thing. The first time I did this took me quite a while to figure it out.

      You must have been back before the earthquake hit Japan? did it impact the area that you were in?

      Where in Manitoba do you hail from? I have a lot of small town experiences………….

      • Jay 7:28 am on September 9, 2011 | Log in to Reply

        Ya luckily I was back before the earthquake. I got back one year ago in August. The area I was living in was fine since it was a seperate island and quite far from the most devastated cities.

        I’m originally from Morden, home of the Corn and Apple Festival. 🙂

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