On the one hand: As evidenced by this blog and what I write about, I’m very interested in the intersection of technology and learning. This intersection is what is typically meant by “educational technology”. I’m interested enough in educational technology that I’m thinking of doing some further study and development in the area, possibly even coursework with a view towards a graduate degree in this area at some point in the future. I have the interest; I have a folk-knowledge of some of the skills; I’d like to actually get good at it.
On the other hand: I seriously question my ability to stomach the level of eduspeak that passes for the current dialogue in ed tech. Any number of edublogs out there — many of which are former residents of my blogroll — are written by people who do nothing but hop from one education conference to the next, never setting foot in a classroom, but who feel free to pontificate about the digital native-ness of the current generation of students and set impossibly high expectations for technology as a tool in learning. Much of the coursework I am finding in the ed tech area reads, in its catalog copy, like an education version of buzzword bingo. I just can’t find any promise of substance, and the only thing I can visualize when thinking about entering this universe to begin a serious course of study is me, being cynically contrarian with everything I hear in the classroom or on a blog.
What’s a person in my situation to do?
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