Teaching in the 21st Century: New Technologies Combined with Tried and True Techniques

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Teaching in the 21st Century: New Technologies Combined with Tried and True Techniques


Boone, Harry N., The Agricultural Education Magazine


The basic concepts of teaching have not changed drastically in the past 150 years, however, the technologies associated with these concepts have changed radically. For example, John Dewey's principles of problem solving as a teaching method are as applicable today as they were when he developed the concept. Benjamin Bloom's taxonomy (or some variation of it) is still a major part of educational systems across the nation. Rufus Stimson's concept of experiential learning through supervised agricultural experience programs was a major theme of the 2011 National Agricultural Education Summit held this winter in Orlando, Florida. While these tried and true techniques remain the cornerstones of our profession, new technologies are constantly being introduced that change the face of the educational process. For every example of a concept that has remained the same, I can name several new and innovative technologies that have entered the education profession.

I am going to show my age with the following statement but I can remember when the personal computer was introduced to the education system. The easy access to computers and computer technologies created numerous discussions on the role of computerized instruction in education. Many thought that computerized instruction would replace teachers in the classroom. Twenty-five years later the teacher is still the essential component of the classroom.

Today we have the Internet, smart phones, Facebook, distance education, and computer conferences to name a few. At the college level we are delivering many courses via distance education. I can only guess what the next twenty-five years will bring. …

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