Posted February 15, 2011on:
Like the author of that entry, I do not think that there is a contest between the two. But, depending on the context, there is value in placing the pedagogical horse before the technology cart.
If my audience comprises of student teachers or teachers who are new to technology integration, I go with that approach. I urge them not to fall into the cool tool trap and using technology for its own sake.
Instead, I ask them to think about what they want their students to learn and how they might learn it. To do this, they will have to think about learning objectives, evaluation and content first. Then I ask them to think about how technology might support or enable this learning.
With experience, these teachers internalize this process and avoid the cool tool trap. They then learn how to think about pedagogy and technology at the same time. They learn teachnology.
With teachnology, you think about the technical, social and educational affordances of a tool alongside your pedagogical needs. The horse and cart are one. This is a logical and necessary progression. After all, the horse and cart model is dated.
While I would love to present this integrated approach, it rarely works in practice. Most teachers-as-learners already have the cool tool mindset. They need to unlearn that first, learn to prioritize pedagogy in the process of technology integration and then learn teachnology.