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Kemi Olurinola: The Forgotten Technologies

by Kemi Olurinola Expert Educator Columnist, Nigeria Early definitions of instructional technology focused on instructional media – the physical means via which instruction is presented to learners. Over the years, many attempts have been made to define this field because new ideas and definitions have affected the practices in this field. One definition of interest to me is that produced in 1970 by the Commission on Instructional Technology established by the U.S government. …. Instructional technology means the media born of the communication revolution which can be used for instructional purposes alongside the teacher, textbook and blackboard…………(Commission on Instructional Technology, 1970) There are two points I would like to focus on in this definition. The media born of the communication revolution: this would depend on the present communication revolution in different countries. According to Marsden et al, those of us in the developed world live in an environment where information is literally everywhere. In addition to physical media such as newspapers, books, and magazines, invisible signals carry data to our smartphones, tablets, and laptops. The …

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Kemi Olurinola: How Would You Define “Limited Technology”?

By Kemi Olurinola Expert Educator Columnist, Nigeria Recently I read an article on Mind/Shift titled Think Big: How to Jumpstart Tech Use In Low-Income Schools. The title did get my attention and so I decide to read the article, I am always interested in adding to my bank of ideas aimed at helping low income schools. The article was about Daisy Dyer Duerr, Prek-12 Principal of St. Paul Public Schools in St. Paul, Arkansas. While it did make an interesting read and I would readily recommend it, my focus of interest was at the point where the technologies available at her school were listed. When Duerr started at St. Paul Schools three years ago, the technology available to teachers was limited to a: few smart boards, two computer labs with shared PC desktops and a laptop cart with 10 Mac Books still in their boxes. What is amazing about this is that, this is meant to be a public school with “limited technology”. Where I come from or live and work a school that boast …