Participatory Pedagogy, Interactive Learning, and Web 2.0
3. Tool Literacy
We are at a point in the digital revolution where technology is integrated into many aspects of our lives, especially education. To think that using software, hardware, online tools, and digital devices in education is unnecessary, experimental, or frivolous is shortsighted, limiting in terms of creative and academic possibility, and, more straightforward, old school.
Tools, both hardware and software, should be used in education. They facilitate a new kind of learning that is right for our digital age. It is education that embraces the purposeful use of technology in pedagogy. It is new education. Software tools like the Adobe Creative Suite, tablet computers like Apple’s iPad and Sony’s Tablet, and e-readers like Kindle and Nook provide new and effective means for teaching students. Because of their widespread use in education, it is obvious that these tools and technologies are here to stay, in some form or another. Therefore, we just need to carefully examine how they work or, better, how they should work in education.
I advocate for tool literacy in higher education. Tool literacy guarantees that students graduating from institutions of higher learning will possess a broad skill set for using new media tools, a skill set that is required in many professions changed by the digital revolution. Tool literacy is not limited to use of the tools. It includes understanding the theories that inform the meaningful use of these tools. Again, this is the theory/practice balance mentioned...
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