Pedagogy over e-asy

The other day @MRsalakas challenged us to write a post reflecting on the Sunday night #aussieED chat; Pedagogy before technology. Now, as I think about it – as per usual I have been brewing it in my head since Sunday night – the title can have two meanings:

1. What was pedagogy like BEFORE the introduction of technology?


2. Pedagogy should be the forefront of any teaching and learning environment and technology should be a tool to facilitate it.

The Sunday night #aussieED chat was centred on the second meaning as @Mr_Kuran’s diagram reveals…

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Needless to say it was a fast moving chat – your eyes water and ‘bobble’ trying to keep up until you realise there’s no way you can. So just look out for what gets your attention and respond or ponder on that instead. You then spend the next week revisiting the archive cause, YES, that’s how long it takes. This week’s chat is in two parts  just to show how popular it was.

Anyhow back to the two points I made above. There was chatter all about how technology fails at times, what with bad reception, wifi not connecting, and how it kills the best laid plans. BUT, we are all teachers and teachers ALWAYS have Plan B, C & D or as @MissBelfiore mentioned, even Plan D, E & F! Here’s one that made me LOL!

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There were lots and lots of ideas about how educators use tech as a tool but I think the one thing we ALL agreed on was that, YES! Pedagogy ALWAYS comes first.

The Macquarie Dictionary defines pedagogy in two ways “the function, work or art of a teacher” and “instruction”. The root of pedagogy for me is the teacher. We will never go out of fashion, we will never become obsolete as long as there are learners around no matter what age. In fact, we are all learners. Are we not? AND as long as there are learners, there will be teachers.

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At the beginning of the Australian school year I offered a post, in celebration, revealing some of my journal entries. Go ahead, click and read  – I’ll wait – it won’t take a minute….

You’ll notice I did not mention tech in any of them but I did talk relationships, getting to know students, learning yourself as a teacher, learning as a holistic experience. You see, relationships are the key in any pedagogy -they help with the function, work and art of a teacher. I’ve said it many times in tweets and elsewhere – “without relationship there is no learning.”

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It’s the human side that gets learners hooked – the technology is ONE tool that allows it – there are many, many other tools in the box – and, as with food – all in moderation.

Thanks for reading 🙂

Love to hear your take on things please feel free to comment.

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4 thoughts on “Pedagogy over e-asy

  1. Hi Jo,
    nice post:). I certainly hear you with regards to twitter moving so fast that it’s hard to keep up. I’ve only just signed up and tried to catch a few #aussieED chats. I worry that there’s a twitter etiquette that I’m unfamiliar with – and so many things about it I don’t understand. Do you have advice on how and what to post in these kind of chats?
    I’m @Amandalenon76 🙂

  2. Hi Amanda,
    Thanks for taking the time to read and comment. I found twitter overwhelming at first but you soon get used to it. It is the BEST PD and it’s free!
    My advice is to focus on the chat using tweetdeck as this allows you to just follow the chat in a column you set up along side the notifications column. This way you’ll see who is asking or favourting or commenting on your comments. Feel free to just lurk and read as well while you get your head around the conversation. Answer the questions as you see fit (using A1 for Q1 etc.) and follow and respond to others’ comments that interest you. You can’t take it all in so I find that this is the way to go. (You can look over the chat in archives or storify later.) You’ll soon meet up with regulars who then follow and respond. I’ve followed you so I look forward to seeing you on #aussieED chats. I also recommend #dojochatANZ AEST 7pm Wednesdays. There are many others I love but they are on during the day AEST time which is hard but have a look at #tlap, #TEDEdchat, #read4fun. Happy Tweeting 🙂

    • Thanks! My bf recommended tweetdeck too, so now I’ve set that up and you’re right – so much easier! TEDEd chat sounds amazing, I’ll have to put an alarm in my phone to remind me when all these things are happening.
      Thanks so much, see you on Twitter!

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