Hi all, This is my 1st post on this forum and I am hoping for some helpful feedback and hopefully an interesting discussion on the "Role of technology to support teaching and learning"! I am a graduate of a Business IT course and am very interested in the use of IT in education. I have had some experience in this field during a placement year and thoroughly enjoyed it. I also designed and developed an online skills analysis tool for use with e-portfolios for my final year dissertation. I have an interview this week for what seems to be my "dream job"! The job role I am hoping for is an Educational Technologist in a Blended Learning department within a university. I have been asked to give a 15 min presentation on "The role of technology to support teaching and learning" Here are the main points I am thinking of making: - Technology has many roles in an educational context - Administrative - Accessibility role (in terms of making resources, material accessible for those with disabilities through web standards, podcasts etc.) - Feedback (simple online tests allowing instant feedback, simple online publishing tools i.e. blogs to allow feedback from large audience, confidence in online publishing + feedback because of anonymity, electronic marking, electronic voting) - Collaborative (in group projects, internet allows collaboration between much larger audience because of lack of physical location, may become even more important as tools like Second Life allow graphical representation, video/audio conferencing) - Creating independence of time and place (design for multiple devices ? podcasts, mobile technologies etc allowing learning outside of traditional time and place) - Personalisation (Allowing users to take ownership of learning, methods of learning to match learner (ability to deliver the same info in different ways), e-portfolios) Extra points to add in somewhere! - When and how technology is used in education needs to be planned very carefully. Needs to be balanced with the right amount of other teaching methods i.e. classroom based, on-the-job training etc. Different technologies for different situations. - As an increase of bandwidth, development of technology and lowering costs of these methods of using technology to support will have to continually change. - Active learning, problem solving, simulation and with development of virtual reality more opportunities for this. So.. any feedback on the points I am thinking of making? Also it would be cool to be able to talk about any current examples of innovate roles that technology has to support current learning and teaching methods. This post is also an idea to support my idea of feedback from a large audience that would otherwise be hard to reach! So all replies welcome Thanks in advance!