In his well known 1983 article Clark state that mediums "are mere vehicles that deliver instruction but do not influence student achievement any more than the truck that delivers our groceries causes changes in our nutrition" (p 445). I like this metaphor a lot and enjoy playing with it. I don't see it as an indictment on technology, but rather as a reminder to pay attention to the design of the entire learning experience.
Now I do think that the delivery truck can facilitate better nutrition by bringing foods that aren't available in the local area. What value does a refrigerated truck bring to our food supply networks? But what if the truck were more than a truck? What if it could be transformed to fit the needs of the learner? This site is supporting a project started in EDC 544 (and continued in EDC 575) to look at how do we enhance texts with XML to make them more usable by a variety of readers. By giving readers greater insight to texts, can we facilitate the acquisition of pattern recognition and analytical skills? I think so, but as with anything the only way to figure this out is to try it, fail fast (and gracefully) and keep refining. that's what this site is all about.
We also are using this as a way to explore the process of marking up texts as an example of what Bruce & Levin refferred to as learning with media via construction. Sprinkle in a little UDL and I think we have got ourselves an interesting little project. If you are ready to explore some prime tech applications for learning then come on in. As with most things, neither the technology nor idea is new. I saw alot of this work being done in libraries in the early 2000s, but's it never made the mainstream leap classroom implementation (at least from what I've seen).
|If HTML is a truck, then HTML + XML + CSS + PHP+MySQL is this truck:|