ET 690 Educational Technology Seminar
Write a paper to answer the following questions. The paper
should be typed and double-spaced and conform to basic rules of
style. Be sure that the paper is double-spaced, with 1 inch
margins, in a 12 point font, and with numbered pages. Under no
circumstances should the entire paper be fewer than 10 pages or
greater than 15 pages (page counts do not include your title page
or a page dedicated to references).
Your final paper will be based on the readings we have done for
class, two or more external academic sources, and any of the optional
resources below (note the optional resources below do not count toward
your external academic resources).
Some optional resources
Optionally read any or all of the above articles (the Bill Joy article is one of my favorites). Additionally,
at least two other academic sources (generally published, peer-reviewed
papers) relating to the above articles and/or our class readings. Write a thoughtful essay
relating your chosen articles to the topics we discussed in class.
Your paper does not have to cover every point we made in class
(this is a paper not a book), but you should find several major
themes that tie your articles to the class readings. Consider
important themes including but not limited to:
- Daniel, Sir John, Cottrell, Robert, & Kozma,
Robert (2007). "The Economist Debate Series: The continuing
introduction of new technologies and new media adds little to the
quality of most education." The Economist.
Retrieved: February 16, 2009, from http://web.archive.org/web/20150219072938/http://www.economist.com/debate/overview/121
- Read all nine speaker statements, not necessarily the comments
- Joy, Bill. (2000). "Why the future doesn't need us."
Wired, 8(4). Retrieved February 25, 2010, from http://www.wired.com/2000/04/joy-2/
- Jenkins, Henry, & Turkle, Sherry (2011). "Does this
technology serve human purposes?": A necessary conversation with Sherry
Turkle (Parts I, II, and III). Retrieved, August 29, 2011, from http://henryjenkins.org/2011/08/an_interview_with_sherry_turkl.html,
- Be sure to read all three parts, but you are not required to watch the hour-long
video in Part I.
- Robinson, L. (2009). A taste for the necessary: a Bourdieuian
approach to digital inequality. Information,
Communication & Society, 12(4), 488-507. (available on Moodle)
- Rotella, Carlo (2013, September 12). No Child Left Untableted. The New York Times Magazine.
Retrieved, September 12, 2013, from
- Scarsdale District Schools (2013). Scarsdale Center for
Innovation Progress Report. Retrieved, October 17, 2013, from http://scarsdaleschools.org/Page/14431
- Talbott, Steve. (1996). "Reengineering society for
efficiency: It is possible; but do we want it?" Retrieved
February 25, 2010, from http://netfuture.org/meditations/efficiency.2.html
These are just suggestions. You are free to choose your own theme(s).
- differences and similiarities between the idea of "amplification" among the authors
- Postman's gods
- the Faustian bargain of technology
- the purpose of school and
how that relates to society
- the impact of society/politics on
technology and technology on society
- the impact of technology
on children's development
- alternatives to technology in schools
- technology as a non-neutral political artifact
- problems with
society's focus on information
- creating innovators as a narrative for school
This is a fairly open-ended paper. You will be graded on how
well you demonstrate an understanding of the chosen articles and
how well you relate them to the class readings and discussions.
Your paper should be more than just a recap of the authors' points
of view. It should show a critical analysis of their points and
a synthesis of their points with the class readings. Note that
not all of these papers or external papers you might choose directly relate to our class discussions,
but they can all be related and discussed in the context of the
The choice of articles should be based on the creation of a
common theme or themes for your paper. Some articles cover similar
themes, but you may choose seemingly unrelated articles
by tying them together with a common theme. You should not choose
unrelated articles to fill space by bouncing from article to article.
That is, seven separate one to two page papers (or for that matter,
four separate two to three page papers) on each of the chosen articles
is not appropriate. A better approach is to choose a few articles
and one or more important and related themes. Relate each of your
chosen articles to your theme(s).
Finally, we have had a great deal of discussion about many themes in
class. While you might recap some of the discussion that we have had,
you should be looking for new insights and to make new connections that
we have not discussed in class.
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This page was prepared by Dr.
David M. Marcovitz.
Last Updated: November 16, 2015