Final Paper

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 APA 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, locate 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: 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 and society, technology as a political artifact, problems with society's focus on information, solutionism, Internet-centrism, and 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 class.

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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