In many occasions, technology and innovative practices in teaching and learning seems to come together. Obviously, one cannot generalize and reduce all initiatives to such a simplistic approach. However, despite all the enthusiasm and expectations on technology and new media – at the end we are talking about tools – it’s important to stop and consider what’s the final goal.
Certainly tools condition what we can actually do, and what’s more, how we think and what we can imagine. But, again I insist: what do we really want?
Are we encouraging techno enthusiasts with no autonomy if there’s a blackout?
Do we foster collaboration?
Are we promoting knowledge building?
Active citizens, or to say it differently, “prosumers”?
All these can be achieved through technology. But without it as well. That’s why I consider that, now more than ever, is crucial to develop a critical approach towards what can we get by using new media in teaching and learning.
I don’t have the answer. Hopefully, the 3rd European Conference on Information Technology in Education and Society: A Critical Insight will be a good meeting point to hear interesting points of view, as well as exchange doubts and impressions. The conference will be held in Barcelona, next February 1st, 2nd and 3rd 2012. For those interested in presenting a communication, the call for papers is open until September 30th, 2011.