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Research,  September 13, 2004

Educational Technology: Media for Inquiry, Communication, Construction, and Expression

"We describe a new way of classifying uses of educational technologies, based on a four-part division suggested years ago by John Dewey: inquiry, communication, construction, and expression. This taxonomy is compared to previous taxonomies of educational technologies, and is found to cover a wider range of uses, including many of the cutting-edge uses of educational technologies. We have tested the utility of this taxonomy by using it to classify a set of "advanced applications" of educational technologies supported by the National Science Foundation, and we use the taxonomy to point to new potential uses of technologies to support learning...

A. Media for Inquiry

1. Theory building--technology as media for thinking.
2. Data access--connecting to the world of texts, video, data
3. Data collection--using technology to extend the senses
4. Data analysis

B. Media for Communication
1. Document preparation
2. Communication--with other students, teachers, experts in various fields, and people around the world
3. Collaborative Media
4. Teaching Media

C. Media for Construction

D. Media for Expression
...
...
..."

URL: http://www.lis.uiuc.edu/~chip/pubs/taxonomy/
Posted by hchung on September 13, 2004 | Research