Dialogic approaches to pedagogy can be incorporated in the development and use of digital learning resources
Tell us about your idea
Connecting Analogue with Digital: How can we connect the wealth of digital learning resources with analogue lessons? How do we support teachers through this transition to online? In these times parents and teachers are challenged to find the analogue to digital link. Many have not been prepared for the full shift to digital and online. How can the EdTech eco-system support them through this transition? One way is to share mini analogue lessons that create the bridge between analogue and digital. This means that EdTech companies and publishers make a shift from just providing products and instead of seeing themselves as facilitators and supporting teachers with professional development and training that provides possibilities for reflexive practice. Technology can help us to access education that in turn enables us to cope. Whereas education can expand our imagination and hope for an alternative future, leaving behind everything that was broken and harming our humanity. It is this combination that could contribute to our saving grace. By bridging this gap with TAAS: Training as a service, we can bridge this gap between digital learning technologies and teaching. We want to empower teachers rather disempower them or worse lose them to automation. Usually companies/publishers that can offer training as an offering and solution for the teachers would be seen as more valuable than publishing companies or startups that are only offering products/learning materials, however often they do not have the bandwidth. This project would be supporting EdTech Companies, Startups and Publishers with that training service. Teachers and students not only need smart and EdTech learning platforms and Digital Learning materials, but teachers, parents and also students need training. Not on technical aspects but how to integrate materials into the curriculum and the pedagogical aspects. So by leading with training as a service (TAAS) would be more beneficial and valuable, than just throwing resources at teachers, parents and students. This is still a relatively new paradigm of how we can create dialogic approaches to pedagogy that can be incorporated into the development and use of the digital learning resources, nevertheless this project aims to do this.
Tell us a little bit about yourself and what inspired you to share this idea.
I have always been passionate about Education having grown up in a family of educators. I spent the first ten years of my professional life teaching and founding a charity that gained funding from the Austrian state governments to fund projects on education reform through technology, creativity and education. It helped refugees and second generation immigrants to explore the wider aspects of their identity whilst connecting with education and learning goals, so they were able to gain agency of their own learning journey. I am passionate about teaching as well as new technology, but I am cautious of digital learning being seen as a panacea when in fact it can be harmful. I believe that teaching and giving teachers, facilitators, students and parents an understanding of the technology that they are accessing would be beneficial for the future of humanity and indeed for keeping education human.