Teaching and Learning in the Information Age

“How do changes in the information landscape, and the use of computers in particular, influence education? Are these changes for the better?” These questions and more will be discussed in this course. We will examine the goals of education in a society with easy access to vast information resources. We will evaluate how the availability of tools that help us think and remember influences how we learn and how we should teach. We will examine how information technologies have influenced business and leisure, and attempt to determine whether this influence should also be felt in education.
Note: A large part of this course focuses on general cultural changes and not specifically on education.
Through this course we will:
  • Attempt to understand what it means to teach when the teacher has ceased tobe the definitive source of knowledge;
  • Examine the changing face of “literacy” in the information society;
  • Become acqu​ainted with the varieties of “text” available to us today;
  • Understand the conflicting claims about how “Google is making us stupid”;
  • Examine how tools that further the social nature of knowledge influence learning.​
The course outline
The course is intended for teachers and teacher educators interested in the use of computers –particularly in order to influence education.
English fluency;
Mr. Hurvitz holds a Master’s degree in Computers and Communications in Education from the School of Education of Tel Aviv University. From the mid-1990’s he has taken part in many of Israel’s first internet-based learning projects, including developing some of the first courses for the Aviv Virtual School. Throughout the decade of 1999 – 2009 he served in the Department of Elementary Education of the Ministry of Education as the “resident expert” on learning with the internet. He is a didactic advisor for the development of online courses at the Institute for Online Learning at Achva College of Education, and trains teacher educators in the Information and Communications Technologies Professional Specialization two-year program at The MOFET Institute. He blogs extensively on issues dealing with internet in the learning process on his Hebrew blog.
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