Appropriate Use of Educational Technologies: A Layered Approach
Educational Technology Review
As perhaps the world's largest information organisation, education stands to profit greatly from new information and communication technologies. This potential has translated into a great deal of development targeted at education -- unfortunately often accompanied by a great deal of overhyped claims. In this paper, I argue that many of these claims are in fact category errors and ignore fundamental problems facing education today. Moreover, new technology approaches are often driven by high-tech interests, rather than educationalists concerns. As an alternative, I present a layered framework, which integrates a bottom-up view of Information Technology usage and a top-down view of education. This conceptual framework helps identify appropriate and judicious use of new information technologies and clarify the kind of educational opportunities they support.
Recker, M. (1997). Appropriate use of educational technologies: A layered approach. Educational Technology Review, Summer 1997, no. 7, 9-13.