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  • schiong 7:10 pm on November 18, 2011
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    Thank you for doing the survey. Here are the results :      

    Continue reading The Survey said …. Posted in: Week 11: Mobiles
    • mcquaid 11:39 am on November 20, 2011 | Log in to Reply

      I find it quite surprising that only around 22% of mobile users use it for voice calls. It’s the sole thing I use mine for (other than its alarm feature on possible stormy mornings / nights).

  • schiong 12:34 pm on November 3, 2011
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    Is the Ipad a Game Changer in Education? Is this really a good investment?   In my case, I would probably start with who are my audience and what courses am I teaching? I am sure it is a game changer for other educators. As they often say, “You need an apps for that.” Is […]

    Continue reading D3 – Game Changer ? Posted in: Week 09: iPad Apps
    • Keisha Edwards-Hamilton 3:40 am on November 4, 2011 | Log in to Reply


      Very good questions to determine if the iPad is worth the investment. I particularly like your first question where you ask about what the iPad has to offer over other devices/computers. For example, when you consider a laptop, it can do almost the same thing and more of what the iPad has to offer. So is it worth really worth it?


    • Jay 8:18 am on November 4, 2011 | Log in to Reply

      Your first question is crucial to determining whether or not investment will reap benefits. One of the “selling points” of the iPad, or other tablets, is the mobility they offer. Yes a laptop is mobile, but not nearly as portable and easy to just pull out and use. Institutions definitely need to assess their particular situation and decide if a device is actually worth the price tag before they decide to invest. What could it bring into the classroom/office/learning process that isn’t there now and could we do this in a less expensive way. The point of technology is that we become more efficient and better at what we do, including cost-effective. If the device is not going to do this than regardless of the intuitive interface, touch-screen, sleekness and mobility it’s not worth the price tag especially in already tight-budget circumstances.

  • schiong 12:04 pm on November 3, 2011
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    Is there a market for this technology within education?   I believe iPad would have a place in education. But, it needs support. The educators need to be creative in how to use iPad in their class. Without proper guidance and strategy, the learners might end-up taking class pictures and uploading them to Facebook. Secondly, […]

    Continue reading D2 – Ipad Posted in: Week 09: iPad Apps
    • Kristopher 12:45 pm on November 3, 2011 | Log in to Reply

      Hi SMC,

      The presenting group discussed ‘the true cost of ownership’ and it was a really great way of conceptualizing how there are many other considerations beyond simply purchasing the tools.

      You raise a good point that is echoed by others in their posts: iPads are not a blanket solution that will meet everyone’s needs. I think one of the clever things that Apple has done, is to require another computer for updating and some other tasks, which means that the user is going to be fooled into thinking the pad is a stand alone.



    • Deb Giesbrecht 6:08 pm on November 3, 2011 | Log in to Reply

      I so wish that my physics classes taught through angry birds! I think people would have showed up to class more.!

      You raise a very good point – programming technology and what it does and does not support. Apple provides many good educational apps -although I am unsure of how it fits into educator’s lesson plans.There has not been a lot of comments on that this week. It would be great to see people create more lesson plans and have an open source platform where you could not only share these ideas but assist in collaboration projects. This would prevent educators from re-inventing the wheel and promote usage and collaboration amongst colleagues.

      By the way – a better app for demonstrating gravity, balance and skill is definitely ‘glass tower’!

  • schiong 7:04 pm on October 24, 2011
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    What are the benefits to converting a business or school district to cloud computing? This is a difficult question. The question assumes that I am convinced that clouding computing is a solution that I would recommend for all my clients or at least that is my humble interpretation. All technologies have its strengths and weaknesses. […]

    Continue reading Is cloud computing for all ? Posted in: Week 08: Files in the Cloud
    • Deb Kim 11:59 am on October 25, 2011 | Log in to Reply

      “Is cloud computing really safe?”
      That’s a very good question that you asked, but I don’t have a solid answer to the question.
      I’ve read several posts so far and all of them are concerned about security and privacy. Before I read your post, I thought it’d be safe enough if a person could make his/her work private when he/she selects a saving option (Most cloud apps do have that feature). However, it become a problem if someone hacks the account. That’s probably why the clouds recommend their members to have “strong” password. For some clouds, they do not let people to become their members unless they have a password with a combination of letters (Capital and small), numebrs, and symbols. Is it safe enough? I don’t know. But I can tell that it has become “safer” than maybe 5, 10 years ago. The cloud computing companies will have to come up with ideas and ways to improve the privacy-and-secutiry-related issues.


    • ashleyross 6:08 pm on October 25, 2011 | Log in to Reply

      Your concerns about security in the cloud are actually similar to those that I had myself when I initially started using cloud-based applications and storage years ago. It is actually still among the first questions that people ask when someone mentions cloud computing, and in most instances it is mostly due to the fact that there is a lot of misinformation available on the internet. 🙂

      I believe that there’s always going to be a risk about someone else accessing your files, whether they are stored in the cloud or on your personal computer. It could be from hackers, malware, or by simply just losing your laptop or mobile device. While major incidents are commonly covered by the media, I think for those people who are smart about their account security the possibility of someone gaining access to their files is rare. To put it more simply, let’s look at the misconception about data security (cloud versus localized storage) to that of people feeling that car travel is safer than air travel. In reality, according to the National Safety Council, the odds of dying in a car accident are 1 in 85 (lifetime) versus 1 in 5,862 (lifetime) for dying in a plane accident. It isn’t to say that the cloud is 100% safe, but if you take precautions your data is at least as safe as storing everything on your personal computer. The exception of course is that you’re never going to leave your cloud at the coffee shop. 🙂

      Security really starts and ends with the end user. If you have 8-12 character passwords that include a blend of capital letters, numbers and special characters (e.g. !BkTu8$5), the likelihood of your account being accessed would be exponentially lower in comparison to using your children’s names or birthdays.

      Security is always improving though, especially for the major cloud computing providers. For instance, Google now has an extra step of security where whenever you log into your account you have to verify it is you by presenting your verification code that is sent to your mobile phone (

    • Deb Giesbrecht 12:50 pm on October 26, 2011 | Log in to Reply

      You make some really good points in your outline. What truly is the cost of cloud computing to the end users versus the corporation. I do not think that anything is ever 100% secure – even with tight passwords. Is it easier to hack into someone’s personal computer versus cloud computing? And what information do I really need to store or share? (I think we store way too much information as evidenced by my Inbox at work).

      I do not think there are any easy answers to any of the above, just valid information that needs to be balanced with informative choices.

  • schiong 9:09 pm on October 17, 2011
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      I am fascinated with blogging. Unfortunately, I am a person of few words. I am not sure if I have what it takes to be a great blogger. I use blogging for pleasure. I create online tutorials (mostly images and codes).  But, I use Moodle (LMS) in all of my classes. Why? a) comfort […]

    Continue reading Silent Blogger ? Posted in: Week 07: Blogs
    • Everton Walker 1:13 pm on October 18, 2011 | Log in to Reply


      I too love Moodle and all its features. You mentioned wordpress and blogger. What do you usually do with these platforms? Do you use for example wordpress as a CMS? or it’s just for topical discussions?


    • Juliana 4:51 pm on October 18, 2011 | Log in to Reply

      Thanks for you post! I was curious how your students react to blogging after the HTML coding. What do they say?

      You mentioned that your students often like to use Blogger. Can you offer any insights as to why this may be?

      Looking forward to your response!


    • bcourey 7:41 pm on October 18, 2011 | Log in to Reply

      In my opinion, I still believe that a lot can be said with fewer words – especially if your blog includes graphics, videos, audio clips…some blogs that I have reviewed are mini-novels for some who maybe wish they were published authors? More effective to me to say what is needed more concisely – Is there another tool rather than blogging that you would prefer?

    • ifeoma 8:29 pm on October 18, 2011 | Log in to Reply

      Hi Schiong,
      You may be a person of a few words, but it does look like Moodle has given you a voice 😉
      Moodle does have some good features and I found it easy to use not to mention it is open source. If you can program, you can customise it to suit your exact needs without having to spend thousands of $$. I think there is also a network of tech support .
      Wordpress is popular and reputable and of course yours truly has been inducted to the “WordPress hall of edu” thanks to ETEC 🙂 I think each blog has it’s niche and so I am not sure I can honestly compare all without exploring each at the same level.
      I am however curious as to the re action of your students after their frustrations lead them to blogging discovery. How has blogging impacted their learning in your opinion?

      • schiong 12:50 am on November 30, 2011 | Log in to Reply


        Sorry, I was not able to reply to this post earlier because it was only yesterday (Nov. 29) that my students submitted their blogs.
        Based on what they submitted, I would say that they are excellent when they really like the topic of their post.
        Most of the students talked about food. They presented/provided wonderful pictures and great information.

    • Deb Kim 9:04 pm on October 18, 2011 | Log in to Reply

      Thank you for sharing your Moodle experience.
      I use both Moodle and WordPress for my classes. The reason I like Moodle is just the same as what you pointed out in your post.
      I like it because I can receive and see emails, generate quizzes/tests, and keep track of students’ work and marks. Also, students can upload assignments and do sample quizzes/tests. However, I prefer WordPress when uploading handouts and posting information, such as info and rubric for projects, lessons, and activities, on classes.


  • schiong 12:00 pm on October 11, 2011
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      I take the public transit going to work. I try my best to be productive by reading some articles, marking papers, or anything that would keep me busy. I am using an IPad. Advantages I do not have to print the articles I would like to read I do not have to carry too […]

    Continue reading Just a thought Posted in: Week 06: eBooks
    • Allie 1:09 pm on October 11, 2011 | Log in to Reply

      interesting reflections on using the iPad; I like how you draw attention to whether there is measurable benefits in learning and performance.
      I have neither a tablet nor a e-reader; I am thinking of getting a Kindle, however, and for me the draw of the Kindle is that it isn’t reflective, as you say – my biggest concern with iPad/Macbook for electronic reading is eyestrain, which I think the dedicated e-readers address.
      From my limited experience in publishing, my understanding is that a lot of books now being published are being done in hard copy and e-versions. Granted – my experience is with academic publishing, not textbook publishing.

      • schiong 4:10 pm on October 12, 2011 | Log in to Reply


        You could be right about the e-versions. In our college, we still sell the traditional textbooks. Out of 34 students per class, only 5% actually purchase the book. Other students? They would borrow their classmate’s book and secretly photocopy the pages they need.

    • kstooshnov 6:42 pm on October 11, 2011 | Log in to Reply

      Thank you for kicking off this week’s discussion, Stephen and Allie, and it is interesting to see the Kindle leading in the WordPress poll. I personally thought the iPad would be the front-runner, but it is clear that something designed to do many things will fall behind devices created for the single purpose of reading – although many of the read-only handhelds are adding on Web and other social networking features.

      When I had to buy numerous textbooks for my BEd (and even ETEC 500 in the MEd) most of these very expensive items had a pull-out card which allowed me to login to the publishers’ webpage to make use of the e-versions, but I never got around to checking them out. Has anyone found these on-line resources helpful in their studies? Could this be one area of eBook development, one-time only login to electronic editions once you purchase a textbook? As Stephen suggests, it would be telling to see how effective these resources could be if there was more of difference made with students’ grades. Excellent point!

    • Doug Smith 8:24 pm on October 11, 2011 | Log in to Reply

      Last spring I purchased a Blackberry Playbook, and one of the main reasons was so I could have mobile access to MET course readings and discussion forums. I was using public transit quite a lot at the time, and it really helped my get ahead of the readings by spending an hour or more on the bus or skytrain, reading papers. The sharp screen and small size made the Playbook great for my purposes. With the right pants or jacket, I could tuck the tablet away in my pocket – it is very convenient.

      • kstooshnov 9:33 am on October 12, 2011 | Log in to Reply

        Interesting to hear about the BB PlayBook in the wake of BBM outages this week. With increased competition from Apple’s latest gizmo Siri (your iPhone talks back!), plus the legion of Androids tablets makes me wonder what other features the PlayBook has to offer. I look forward to seeing how their story progresses in weeks 10 and 11 of this course.

    • Deb Kim 8:36 pm on October 11, 2011 | Log in to Reply

      Interesting observation on using iPad and your students’ academic performance. I haven’t used iPad yet so I can’t agree or diagree with the list of advantages and disadvantages you’ve listed. However, I can agree with you that it’s a hassle to scroll up, down, right, or left if a screen is too small.
      As a matter of fact, I use my iPhone most of the time when I leave comments in this course. Before when the course I took used Vista, I used to sit in front of my laptop to read and respond to my coursemates’ posts because I wasn’t used to read from the screen. I liked it better when I read “paper” articles rather than “electronic”. However, as WordPress offers an OS application on an iPhone, I started reading people’s posts and comments using my iPhone whenever I had time.
      During the first few weeks throughout this course, I was a little stressed out and frustrated that I wasn’t familiar with participating in the discussion as the ETEC522 blog was completely different from Vista. But since I installed the course blog on my iPhone, I’ve been participating more and have been getting used to it.
      It hurt my eyes at first because fonts and the screen are way too tiny for me to become adjusted. However, since I became adjusted to the iPhone, I haven’t had a difficulty typing and publishing posts and comments.


      • schiong 4:00 pm on October 12, 2011 | Log in to Reply

        Iphone? That would be a great challenge for me. I think what made the Mobile devices relevant are the apps. I often hear people say, “There’s an App for that. “

    • Keisha Edwards-Hamilton 6:18 am on October 12, 2011 | Log in to Reply

      Great post Stephen! I like the way you critically examined the worth of the ebook. To make it more interesting, you own and use one which allowed you to povide factual information. I also particularly liked the features of ebooks you propose for the future. sounds like an interesting venture. Thanks for your thought.


  • schiong 2:49 pm on October 8, 2011
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    My first game console was an Atari. There were 2 games that I often play: Pac-Man and Tank (not sure the exact title). At that time, a game was just another form of entertainment for me. It had no educational significance. My Atari became lonely when Family computer came out. Let me see if I […]

    Continue reading Simple Mind Posted in: Week 05: Game-Based Learning
    • khenry 6:52 pm on October 8, 2011 | Log in to Reply

      Hi Schiong,
      With reference to Ice Climber and educational content, I too did not relate the educational aspects of my gaming experience until much later. Makes me wonder if they really impacted on cognition or was it a composite of activities? I do believe though that content and tasks/tools required/used within games if cleverly designed can create cognitive development and information processing skills and higher order thinking skills Blooms Taxanomy (

    • kstooshnov 9:16 pm on October 8, 2011 | Log in to Reply

      …are easily amused, that seems to be the message of your experience with video games and learning. It is analogous to catching the last five minutes of a police procedural on TV to find out ‘whodunit’ without watching from the beginning of the episode to understand why ‘it’ was done.

      Such games provide visceral thrills that many assume have nothing to do with learning, yet the metacognition that goes on whenever a digital native picks up a control pad is awe-inspiring. They learn most often by doing, rather than being told (taught) what to do, whether they are fitting together tetrominoes, escaping from ghosts or busting blocks of ice. In most cases, the game only needs to increase the speed to make gameplay more challenging, and perhaps this is why gamers are able to pick up on the ever-changing nature of technology, while non-gamers repeatedly need to get out the instruction manual when programming their PVR.

  • schiong 9:25 pm on September 26, 2011
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      Site: The Khan Academy is a non-profit organization. Its goal is to provide world-class education to anyone anywhere for free. There are  2,680 micro lectures (as of September 2011) via video tutorials stored on YouTube teaching mathematics, history, finance, physics, chemistry, biology, astronomy, economics and computer science. How did it all begin?           […]

    Continue reading Quality Education for Free ? Posted in: Week 04: Entrepreneur Bootcamp
    • jenaca 11:20 pm on September 26, 2011 | Log in to Reply

      Hey, I really like the way you have outlined your post and the way you included to much detailed information. This does sound like a great organization! Giving students the opportunity to get quality education for free via the internet is amazing!
      I agree with your closing thoughts on what you would like to learn from the academy. I too am interested in learning more about how to develop the proper software for the organization, other competitors in this field and their pitfalls they encounter.
      Great post!

    • verenanz 7:54 am on September 27, 2011 | Log in to Reply

      I love Khan academy…..If a student had a question though…..I wonder who they would ask for clarification? I have never used the videos – they are great. but seemed to be very US focused, math/business/science focused….I was looking for language support…Maybe someone who has used these resources could tell me what happens “after the video” if there is confusion? I love that they are free…..

      • David William Price 5:24 pm on September 29, 2011 | Log in to Reply

        One idea behind Khan Academy is students watch the videos at home and then come to school to do their homework with teacher supervision. The teachers focus their energies on helping students apply their new information vs standing at the front and speaking.

    • andrea 11:47 am on September 27, 2011 | Log in to Reply

      What a cool venture! The team is amazing, as you said. (I’m adding Khan Academy to my “I want to work there someday” list.) The videos are educational and entertaining, and I learned something from the few I watched. It’s also easy to see how this venture could expand. The concept itself is inspiring.

    • bcourey 3:55 pm on September 27, 2011 | Log in to Reply

      I am a big fan of the Khan Academy too and I know teachers in our schools that view the math videos in their classrooms to reinforce some of the concepts. It is amazing to see how much content they have amassed over time. Impressive. I don’t see follow-up that goes with the videos, but I would expect that a teacher would want to personalize that part of a lesson so that it fits better into whatever state/province the audience is based.

    • Everton Walker 8:38 pm on September 27, 2011 | Log in to Reply

      This is very interesting. With the state of the global economy, it is good that persons are willing to sacrifice their time for the better good. However, I am wondering if there is an hidden agenda or shortly they will begin to ask for donations. As it relates to teachers, is there evidence of certification? And are these courses accredited by the local bodies? Despite the uncertainties, as long as persons are learning skills and concepts free of cost from all over the world, it is a great venture in my estimation.

    • jarvise 10:14 am on September 28, 2011 | Log in to Reply

      Great post – another math teacher I work with uses this all the time. We teach a lot of combined classes at our school, and we are always looking for free, blended learning options to help manage more than one class at a time.

      The real question is, however, why did he do 3 Bachelors degrees? Unusual, but he obviously has an extremely strong background for teaching purposes (imagine his number of ‘teachables’ for all those teachers out there…)


    • David William Price 5:26 pm on September 29, 2011 | Log in to Reply

      I think Khan Academy is a great example of reasonable effective low-fideliity learning. It’s not fancy but it’s cheap, widely-available, and it works. He makes mistakes in lessons, addresses them in following lessons, and comes across as a pretty humble guy. Personally I’d do a lot more scripting but his style is his style and it has a charm.

    • Doug Smith 3:31 am on October 1, 2011 | Log in to Reply

      One thing that jumps out at me from Khan’s biography is his lack of education in teaching. This is a significant shortcoming, as I believe that the bulk of Khan Academy’s videos came directly from Khan himself.

      In terms of motivation, Khan started the project as a result of tutoring he was given his extended family. He was producing videos for nephews and nieces and decided to distribute his videos after seeing how many requests he was getting for them. The motivation behind Khan Academy is very noble and altruistic.

      Slightly off-topic, I should note that I am not nearly as big of fan as Khan Academy as others. I note that there are several problems with it, some of which relate to the program itself and some that relate to its portrayal. As mentioned above, Khan has no background in education and this shows in the style of learning in Khan Academy. It is transmission teaching, “sage on the stage”. Frankly, for all I know Khan could be copying notes directly from a textbook when he does his videos. This leads to my second criticism, which is that in terms of content and pedagogy, Khan Academy is no different from simply reading a textbook, other than apparently people prefer to watch a video as opposed to read. Thirdly, topics are covered quickly and superficially. For example, math topics are done in a 10 minute lesson and reduced to a procedural solution rather than a conceptual understanding. As far as I can tell, in terms of Blooms Taxonomy, Khan Academy is operating at the Knowledge level. I certainly hope for more in education.

      The criticisms above would not be too bad if Khan Academy was accepted for what it is. The big problem comes in when media and famous personalities such as Bill Gates speak out and claim that Khan Academy is revolutionizing education and is some type of savior. I believe this to be very dangerous because the public is buying it.

    • mcquaid 6:15 am on October 1, 2011 | Log in to Reply

      I agree with your “sage on the stage” comments, Doug, and that it should be just taken for what it is. Taken as it is, I think it’s a helpful resources that allows teachers and students to decide how they want to use the content. I’m curious, though… will they give out any kind of certificates / achievement recognition? How will someone prove they’ve learned anything?

      I’m a little concerned about Khan wanting to be the world’s FIRST free, world-class, online university. There are other reuptable online schools out there, too, which one may argue is better or more “trustworthy” – the UN’s “University of the People”, for example.

  • schiong 7:40 pm on September 21, 2011
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      eduFire Elevator Pitch –  He started with what I would consider as “wishful thinking”. He got my attention at that time. In my mind, I was thinking… “Yeah, that would be nice.” or “I’ve never thought of that. It’s just common sense. How come I’ve never thought of that idea?”  The general idea […]

    Continue reading My take on eduFire Posted in: Week 03: Analyst Bootcamp
    • jenaca 11:37 am on September 22, 2011 | Log in to Reply

      Hey, I think you have done a great job critiquing this pitch! You’ve included wonderful details about eduFIre and definitely got my attention. After watching this pitch, I too was thinking the same things as you and was left with several questions about this company.
      I would have liked to see more information about the market their currently in and more details on education itself. I was a little distracted by his smile, I thought at any second he was going to burst out laughing!

    • schiong 11:55 am on September 22, 2011 | Log in to Reply

      Thanks. Your last statement made me laugh. The presenter reminds me of a comedian … who is about to give the punch line… while trying to resist laughing.

    • Everton Walker 6:16 pm on September 22, 2011 | Log in to Reply

      I definitely like the concept even though some important information is actually missing. Then again, how much can really be presented in a minute? However, as a teacher, I like the idea of exposing students to the best tutors around the world and the flexibility teachers will have. This is a venture that can be developed especially in an era where online learning is fast becoming an emerging force in global education.


    • Jim 6:41 pm on September 22, 2011 | Log in to Reply

      Good critique. I also had many questions after seeing it; for example, who exactly are they seeing as their target market? You can just say people who want to learn and expert teachers who love to teach. That is too fluffy but I suppose that is why it is an elevator pitch. I was not sold on the idea at all… to many other similar type of sites that already make saving and sharing videos easy. True, sites like YouTube lets everyone see a video, and YouTube monetizes their videos as a result of views and favourited counts combined with ads…

    • mcquaid 4:49 am on September 23, 2011 | Log in to Reply

      The more I look at our critiques, the more I appreciate the pitches for what they manage to cram in. Not even counting what was already in the video, the seven things in your wish list would each only get between eight and nine seconds of air time in a minute. You’d have to be an auctioneer to nail one of these things fully / completely!

    • verenanz 1:36 pm on September 23, 2011 | Log in to Reply

      The pieces that edufire did miss….like who the key players are….are pretty important though. I agree that you can’t get everything into a pitch…but it’s choosing the key points that leave the “viewer” with a sense of “I want to know more” rather than ” I have too many questions..” is the key for a pitch.

      Great critique!

    • khenry 7:38 pm on September 24, 2011 | Log in to Reply

      Hello Schiong,
      Great questions! I also had concerns when viewing this pitch. I agree with Everton and McQuaid in the difficuty of presenting so much information in such a short time. But, like yourself and Verena these were some of the critical information necessary for a successful pitch.


  • schiong 9:15 pm on September 12, 2011
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    The article “Evolving Technologies” offered insights to the different popular technologies and their best practices. The “7 Things You Should Know About…” and scenarios are good guidelines on how to assess particular technologies. I believe it is more suitable for community of educators and for learning technology ventures. Community of educators are interested in various technologies […]

    Continue reading Is this technology right for me? Posted in: Week 02: The Edtech Marketplace
    • bcourey 1:19 am on September 13, 2011 | Log in to Reply

      Your list of 6 key issues that were not mentioned reminds me of Bates and Poole’s SECTIONS model (2003) of assessing technology. Anyone who has taken ETEC 531 will be very familiar with this model. Even though I also read their book excerpts in other MET courses, it was not until 531 that I really appreciated their list of assessment tools when selecting a technology. As a “purchaser” of technology for our school board, I see the importance now more than ever to ensure that we are spending our limited funds as effectively as possible. Your list of the 5 considerations for SMEs is very interesting as well – a very good summary of something else we should be considering. Great post!

      • jarvise 7:21 am on September 13, 2011 | Log in to Reply

        So true – anyone spending money in this area needs to take 10 minutes to read that article. Ten minutes to save yourself ten years of flailing around! 😉

    • mcquaid 2:13 am on September 13, 2011 | Log in to Reply

      Brenda, you stole my post! Well… part of it, anyway. B&P’s SECTIONS model is what immediately came to mind for me, too. It is one of the things that has stuck with me the most after my first five courses. It’s something that’s “everyday useful”, so it pops into my head / use from time to time. When I was helping to deliver a PD day to school tech contacts last year, it was something I shared with the group… I could see several of the keeners copying it down & taking note(s). Like the other guidelines Stephen mentioned, it’s helpful to have a concise checklist to run through and force one to think of a technology’s many facets.

      • jarvise 7:22 am on September 13, 2011 | Log in to Reply

        haha! your comment about the keeners taking notes made me chuckle. I bet those guys were nodding a lot too. 😉

    • jarvise 7:27 am on September 13, 2011 | Log in to Reply

      Your comments made me think about another possibility for a list of recommendations, given that lots of educators want to pick something that doesn’t require much infrastructure (beyond internet access) or tech support. It could be rephrased into something catchy like, “the seven things you should know about technologies that are able to be used with little to no help like …”. On second thought, maybe they should just stick with the title they have. 🙂

    • Deb Giesbrecht 10:30 am on September 13, 2011 | Log in to Reply

      Very astute observations of the missing components of the article ….and very valid reasons for concern. Often we miss some of the key components – like the cost of ownership, which makes a big difference versus the upfront pricing model. Very interesting – thanks for sharing.

    • Everton Walker 9:15 pm on September 13, 2011 | Log in to Reply


      Great observation! There’s no way those significant considerations should be omitted. In ETEC 565, we learned about the importance of those missing pieces. Well I guess they will deal with these issues in future publications.

    • hall 12:15 pm on September 14, 2011 | Log in to Reply

      I have made impressive observations. The listing of six key issues reminded of Bates and Poole’s SECTIONS model (2003) of assessing technology, ETEC 531 and 565. I guess that points you have stated could be very useful in the selection of most suitable technology for an individual.

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