Monday, March 26, 2007

Transparent technology

The transparent nature of technology is a result of the changes in student population. Students are more familiar with technology and are increasing in technological competency (Oblinger, 2003). As educators, we must attempt to integrate technology into teaching and do it in a way that does not draw undue attention to the technology (Wargo, 2006). Transparent technology is used to impact and improve student learning (Parsons and DeLucia, 2005). The terms transparent technology, ubiquitous computing and pervasive computing are used synonymously through the literature (Brown, Burg and Dominick, 1998) and imply that it is not the technology itself that impacts teaching and learning, but the instructional methods that use the technology (Brown and Petitto, 2003). Thus, technology is transparent to the learning.

Brown, D., Burg, J., & Dominick, J. (1998). A strategic plan for ubiquitous laptop computing. Communications of the ACM 41(1), 26-35.

Brown, D., & Petitto, K. (2003). The state of ubiquitous computing. Educause Review 38(3), 24-33. Retrieved March 26, 2007 from http://www.educause.edu/ir/library/pdf/erm0331.pdf.

Oblinger, D. (2003). Boomers, gen-xers and millennials: Understanding the new students. Educause Review 38(4), 36-47. Retrieved March 26, 2007 from http://www.educause.edu/ir/library/pdf/erm0342.pdf.

Parsons, C., DeLucia, J. (2005). Decision making in the process of differentiation. Learning and Leading with Technology 33(1), 8-10.

Wargo, E. (2006). No data left behind. Learning and Leading with Technology 33(5), 22-25.

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