What Changes when Technology is Good Enough?

By Janaina Minelli de Oliveira, Mar Camacho Martí and Mercè Gisbert Cervera.

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As we overcome the instruction paradigm and face the need to promote a student centered model of teaching and learning, educational software are already easier to use, allow interactivity, promote the disjunction of time and space and make possible different modes, like image, sound and video to be incorporated in educational materials and environments. Drawing on multimodal literacy perspective of learning and pedagogy, this paper focuses on the subject New Technologies Applied to Education taught in a teacher initial training program. It discusses the effects of the use of Moodle and other technology learning tools in the construction of a student centered environment of learning. Specifically, this research closely observes four domains of student’s (inter)action: Moodle activities (forum, and wikipedia), student’s hands on work group outcomes (educational web, blog and webquest) and the course’s blog (tintafrescavlog.blogspot.com), the latter a non evaluative activity. Results show that when technology’s possibilities come from being virtual into being actual, social relations established among teachers, students and knowledge are restructured and, within this context, student’s learning capability goes much further than the teaching one. It is argued it has come the time to rethink education so as to allow students not only to consume, but also to produce and distribute semiotic resources, taking a more active and critical role in their learning process.

Keywords: Multimodal Literacy, Educational Technology, Teacher Training

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 16, Issue 2, pp.477-488. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.196MB).

Dr. Janaina Minelli de Oliveira

Lecturer in New Technologies Appied to Education, Departament of Pedagogy, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona, Catalunya, Spain

Janaina Minelli de Oliveira holds a PhD in Applied Linguistics from Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Brazil, and is presently working as an Associate Professor at the Pedagogy Departament, at the Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona, Spain. Dr. de Oliveira has been a visiting researcher at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona with a scholarship from the Brazilian agency Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior – CAPES. In 2006, she worked as the coordinator of the 10 year anniversary edition of the Quiral Project at the Science Communication Observatory at Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona. She participates in the Applied Research Group in Education and Technology (ARGET) http://late-dpedago.urv.cat, coordinated by Dr. Cervera. Dr. de Oliveira’s current research interests are multimodal discourse analysis, education and knowledge based society.

Mar Camacho Martí

Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Catalunya, Spain

Mar Camacho Martí holds a PhD in Educational Technology from Universitat Rovira i Virgili. At present she is teacher at the Department of Pedagogy at the Faculty of Sciences of educationa and Psychology, at Universitat Rovira i Virgili. She’s member of the research group ARGET Applied Research Group in Education and Technology http://late-dpedago.urv.cat, coordinated by Dr. Cervera in which she has participated in several projects both of national and international reach. Since 2004 she has been working as external consultant for the Catalan Government’s Department of Education in the field of teacher training and ICT and has developed several training programs language teachers. Dr. Camacho’s current research interests are web 2.0, social networks and m-learning.

Mercè Gisbert Cervera

Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Catalunya, Spain

Mercè Gisbert Cervera holds a PhD in Philosophy and Sciences of the Education from the University of Barcelona. At present she is the Vice-rector for Teaching Policy and EHEA Convergence and a teacher at the Department of Pedagogy at the Universitat Rovira i Virgili (URV), Tarragona, Spain. Gisbert coordinates the Applied Research Group in Education and Technology (ARGET) http://late-dpedago.urv.cat, composed by 24 members participating in various projects of national and international reach. She is also the coordinator of a PhD program in Education which counts with the participation of various Spanish universities (UdL, US, UM, UIB, URV) and which has been awarded a Mention of Quality by the Spanish Ministry of Education and Culture in 2004-2006 in Educational Technology. Her lines of research are set in the continuous training of the teaching staff, distance training and the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) applied to the education. He has extensive experience managing research projects, consultancy and assessment of institutional programs.

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