Everything old is new again – in its own way

Communications technology, computer, Ipad and other tablets, cell phones, and the internet, are becoming more and more a component of education, and while it must still be remembered that they are simply useful tools for learning, their value cannot be minimized. They are reinforcing pedagogy as teachers and school systems turn to them more and more for what they can do to assist curriculum and inspire learning.  Elementary and secondary students, armed with their personal devices, are developing their own expertise with these tools and the wise educators make every effort to exploit this knowledge

Check the blogs and take a look at “Individual and Special Needs Examiner” and other educational sites on Scoop.it to get an idea of just how much is out there in the way of software/Apps dedicated to education and learning. There are some truly wonderful, useful programs and valuable tips on how to get the most out of them for teaching and learning.

As important as this aspect of technology is for pedagogy, it is especially a boon and part of the driving force behind andragogy and heutagogy, scholarly language for self-directed and self-determined learning, forms of learning suited to adult education and life-long learning.

Andragogy and heutagogy, truly a couple of mouths full, are points on a continuum somewhere upwards from pedagogy.  The term pedagogy, in fact, is the term we use when referring to “good old fashioned” teaching. Pedagogy, the child styled learning principle is a learning process that is imposed upon the learner.  The pedagogue determines the learner’s needs and sets the outcome, then guides him or her to achieve the set of goals that should provide for the learner’s needs.  This should also provide the learner with useful knowledge and procedures that will assist him or her in being socially responsible and a valuable member of society.

Pedagogy is the principle that seems to be the foundation of the educational system and stretches its way from early childhood education to post-secondary and in some cases, post, post-secondary education. At the higher levels, it limits choices and can set up barriers for learners.

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