AV EdTech

“AV materials are both visual and verbal, and are available in various forms and sizes. They include film and video, which were produced by machines like film projectors, lantern slide projectors, tape recorders, television, and camcorders. This list continues to expand as people seek to communicate through multimedia” Source

AV materials have drastically changed over the last few decades and has changed the traditional landscape of teaching and learning. I was tossing around ideas with my dad about this week’s blog and he mentioned how my classroom is wildly different than when he was in school (40 ish years ago). He said how much more information students have access to, and how their learning / educational experience must be so much better than his. I agreed with him, but also posed questions to him like “does replacing pen and paper with a laptop actually result in better learning?”

He also mentioned their access to information, and I agreed again, but also said that our society is now insistent on having information immediately – we lack patience to sit around and wait for an answer, or look it up in a book. If you are googling answers to questions 100 times a day, are you actually learning? Or have you simply learned how to find information you require quicker. It reminded me of the quote that starts off the Netflix documentary, The Social Dilemma, “Nothing vast enters the life of mortals without a curse” – Sophocles

My favourite memory of the first two weeks of being a Connected Educator was how students created their own procedure with the new laptop cart. Admittedly, I was a new teacher and never even thought to lay out proper procedures for the new laptop cart, even though I had a ‘procedure’ for basically everything else… But wow. They surprised me. I never really have to give formal rules for how students collect their device, how / when / why they are used, because there is something about technology that students seem to cling on to. Ever tell a student that if they do not correct a negative behaviour, that their device will be gone? I have never seen changes happen so quickly (yes, this may be problematic in some ways as we look at different behavioralist concepts, however it has been effective for short-term corrections).

Interesting point. As illustrated in the infographic below, technology is always changing, and with one new invention means something else becomes unnecessary, redundant, or obsolete. Luckily teachers have not become obsolete, and I have faith that we never will, but we also never know!!

Happy thanksgiving mom & dad, great dinner conversation!

Here is postman’s quote: “…We now know that “Sesame Street” encourages children to love school only if school is like “Sesame Street.” Which is to say, we now know that “Sesame Street” undermines what the traditional idea of schooling represents.”

Now let us replace Sesame Street with technology. Does it still work?

“…We now know that “Technology” encourages children to love school only if school is like “Technology.” Which is to say, we now know that “Technology” undermines what the traditional idea of schooling represents.”

I think technology totally changes education, whether a teacher is just substituting or redefining / providing an educational experience that would not be made possible without the use of tech.

SAMR Model: A Practical Guide for EdTech Integration | Schoology

It poses new challenges and opens up vast possibilities. There are many “curses” that come with the growing amount of technology in the classroom, but also new spaces to create in ways my parents never imagined. We do not teach handwriting anymore (however we have not substituted typing lessons in handwriting’s place… all of my students are like chickens pecking at their keyboards and it sort of drives me crazy). So, you win some and you lose some.  


Like I mentioned last week, many of the larger assignments that are heavily reliant on Ed Tech changes the “old school” way of thinking and pushes me to facilitate and create a learning environment. I think it bothers some of my students when I say that I want to see what they can create from the list of sites or apps available to them. Even though they are young (12-14 year olds), they are still in the traditional mindset of schooling, where they need to know what the teacher wants, so they can complete it, look good, and get a good mark. Though there is a time and place for them to learn how to “school” properly to be successful in high school and post-secondary, I love challenging them to create something impressive and teach me something new in the process.

Until next week!

4 thoughts on “AV EdTech

  1. Great post, Dalton! I like how you switched out “Sesame Street” for “technology” in Postman’s quote. Definitely makes for some interesting conversations in the staff room. I have realized now that I am back in the scholarly world, that I can relate to your students who need to know exactly what the teacher wants and to do my best to get a high mark. It is so very hard to change our mindsets, but that is certainly my goal for the future.

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  2. Hi Dalton – so many great points in this blog post. I appreciated the experience you shared as a connected educator and the procedures for the laptop cart. I can only imagine how challenging managing a classroom is today!
    As a parent, I wish all teachers had the same philosophy as you towards teaching/learning. How refreshing to think that kids can be challenged to think differently, approach learning with new insights and in the process teach the teacher!


  3. Strong post, Dalton. I like your dad’s question, “does replacing pen and paper with a laptop actually result in better learning?” I think that is one of the most fundamental and controversial in Edtech – in fact, it’s a question related to the Clark/Kosma debate that was briefly mentioned in class (see the truck analogy: https://edtechuvic.ca/edci337/2020/06/24/topic-7-the-great-educational-technology-debate/ ). I also think that your perspective as a relatively new teacher is interesting as you were brought into the Connected Educators program very early. I wonder how much that will end up the trajectory of your career, and what it would/will mean if you ever have to move into a classroom without the same level of tech. I’ve had former students who had to make that transition and in many cases, it ended up being a bit painful!


  4. Thanks Dalton! I hope you and your family had a great Thanksgiving. I was really drawn to your last comment in your post. I agree that even though we are trying to create these new and non-traditional learning environments for our students, teachers and students still get very much caught up in the traditional sense of schooling. I also find my students wanting me to tell them how to do things so that it is done right, and I work everyday to give them the space they should be able to have to create and use the tools available to them. This is a balancing act that happens every day in my classroom.

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