by Bernie Goldbach in Clonmel with Rode, Otter.ai, and Surface Book.
I TAKE INVENTORY of my teaching and learning every May as we prepare the annual ICT in Education Conference. This year's theme, Reshaping Education, has me thinking about my personal teaching practice.
TL/DR; I read my own transcripts more.
Role of Pen and Paper
I also asked six students about the changes technology has wrought in their own education. Aaron Murphy, a UX student, considered the role of pen and paper.
Writing on paper or in notebooks has forever been how students operate in classrooms. This has changed dramatically in recent years with the rise of new technology, such as desktops, tablets and phones. Note taking is now possible and in some respects better on tablets, as they allow students to keep all of their notes for different subjects on one device. Tablets also reduce the number of and cost of textbooks a student needs as e-books are now available. Assignments can now be done digitally also, which speeds up the process drastically.
I have hundreds (yes, hundreds) of Moleskines and cheap copy books full of thoughts scrawled since the late 90s. Several friends have told me I should structure those notebooks as preliminary research for a PhD. Noted.
As a third level skill
I wonder whether note-taking is a third level skill because if it is, I encounter university students every semester who need to upskill in it. PhD Researcher Annette Cregan brings her findings on "the digital competence of third level students entering an initial teacher education programme" to ictedu23. I'm curious about both her literature review and survey results show.
Annette joins a dozen other presenters in a lively set of workshops and presentations, all focused on major trends and technologies that are reshaping education. Interested?
[Bernie Goldbach teaches digital transformation on the Clonmel Digital Campus of the Technological University of the Shannon.]