A Brief Blog Profile: The Tech Savvy Educator
by Thomas Hynes
As the name of the blog suggests, The Tech Savvy Educator examines the impact advancements in technology have on education. The site's goal is to leverage "technology to connect learners and explore the possibilities of social networking in the classroom." The blog is run by Ben Rimes. Aside from blogging, Ben works in the education field in the state of Michigan. What's more, he's also got kids. In other words, he's both the parent AND the teacher. And he's obsessed with making technology work for education.
On the site you can read about the Khan Academy project, and how, while valuable in some ways, it is not without fault. You can also read about how it's dangerous to go alone when learning technology for your enterprise, business, or school. There's also this piece on four recursive practices for teaching and learning. (Maybe read that last post more than once.)
Technology isn't always used for pure educational purposes. But it can be. Sites like Wikipedia and Google have the ability to deliver information around the world in an instant. And even with its flaws, programs like the Khan Academy point to a new direction in technology-aided education. And while it's certainly true that many kinks need to be ironed out with this particular project and ones like it. The possibilities technology is affording education are astounding.