10-Rep Learning ~ Teague's Tech Treks

Learning Technology & Tech Observations by Dr. Helen Teague


Does media affect learning?

This post is based on R.B. Kozma’s 1994 article, “Will media influence learning? Reframing the debate”

“Does media influence learning? Would a better question be “Does media affect learning?” and “Does media maximize learning?

Perhaps media influences learning but minimally depending on the external forces directing it. Media affects learning proportionally depending on the context and the coach. This we know. For example, a Justin Bieber video may only influence me to change the TV channel, not dance around the room. With the addition of Ludacris as a coach and vocal talent, I might be inclined to tap a pedicured toe or two, but I remain far, far, far removed from purchasing the CD. So Clark’s research (now 30 years-old) remains relevant.

Kozma was correct: it is time to reframe the question. The real game-changing question is “Does media maximize my learning and how can I measure it?” If I substitute Miles Davis for the Bieber and Ludacris pairing, then the entire scenario changes and I am listening, toe-tapping,  twirling, and rummaging through my purse for my credit card on Amazon. Better batteries in my boom box did not produce the change: the artistic content made the change. Content may indeed be my “Baby”.

Kozma emphasizes the point of connection between media and learning. This is, for me, where teaching and education intersect with science and art. Can we measure the art of teaching with scientific tools? Can we measure when learning occurs? Not the point afterlearning is retained but when it occurs? Can the “Aha” moment be measured?

Have we stayed too long in Pavlov’s cage of stimuli and response? Kozma writes convincingly, “Missing in these studies are any mentalist notions or descriptions of the cognitive, affective, or social processes by which learning occurs.”

Or, returning to the Beebs, it may not be pedagogically sound for me to call media my “Baby, Baby, Baby” if I can’t recall why I love it and think it “will always be mine.”



R.B. Kozma (1994). Will media influence learning? Reframing the debate. ETR&D, 42(2), pp 7-19. ISSN 1042-1629


Weekend Ed. Quote~October 12~Clutter

“Clutter is the disease of American writing. We are a society strangling in unnecessary words, circular constructions, pompous frills, and meaningless jargon.” ~William Zinsser, author of On Writing Well



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Tech BFFs~Scrible

BFF is an acronym for “Best Friend Forever.” These websites and tips are so good that they will become your technology BFFs!

Scrible is web-based app which allows you to save and archive any web page while being able to richly annotate it in multiple colors & styles. Scrible indexes all of the web content you save and it allows you to search through it easily. With the basic, free version you can save web research online & access it from anywhere.

Simple keywords to search full text of saved research. Tags give quick and easy access to organize research by topic. Easily share annotated web research with others via email. Annotate, comment and highlight text in a variety of ways. Capture citations and create bibliographies in a snap. Compile notes from multiple articles into summaries & reports. Collaborate with others by inviting them to Sharable Libraries.

One educator used Scrible and wrote this review: “An excellent tool for researchers, journalists and teachers who need to permanently save, organize, annotate and highlight different content coming from the web.”

For more info visit Scribble: http://www.scrible.com 


Inquiry Learning Resource~Sally Ride Science

Just heard about this from my friend Dr. John Barell:

Dr. Sally Ride was the first women in space and an educator with continuing research in corporate inquiry mind sets and STEM.  Following the explosion of Space Shuttle Columbia, she concluded her investigation with these ringing words: “Ever NASA manager needs to be inquisitive to a fault.  You must ask and ask and ask.”  In person
she told me that, yes, this challenge did indeed apply to all walks of life and that science was an excellent way of fostering our inquisitiveness by asking “Why?”

Continuing in the spirit of inquiry, the website SallyRideScience (https://sallyridescience.com) is a splendid resource for all those conducting investigations about the natural world.

Give yourself some time to search for Curiosity Rover on Mars, Climate Change and with Antarctic research.  In the Antarctic research section, you’ll find the intriguing question, “How do penguins survive  in very cold temperatures?”  John wrote, “I thought I knew the answer, but learned more about the physics that I still don’t quite understand fully:  http://www.coolantarctica.com/Antarctica%20fact%20file/science/cold_penguins.htm

Sally Ride ScienceSallyRideScience seems to be a safe, secure and child friendly. Conduct searches at STEM Central and Browse by
Category. John wrote, “Investigating the natural world  is that area of inquiry where we’re always asking What? Why? How Come?” Take a look at SallyRideScience.

Thanks, Dr. John Barell!


Weekend Ed. Quote~October 5

“A lot of teachers make a PowerPoint and they think they’re so awesome,” said a girl in Florida. “But it’s just like writing on the blackboard.”
From the article, “The 21st Century Digital Learner” by Marc Prensky

a lot of teachers


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Search Engine Variety

Lisa Monthie and Lisa Benjamin wrote an informative article for Education World addressing digital tools to use in units featuring scientific inquiry.

Of particular interest is their section on specially targeted search engines for students:

Sweet Search, “a search engine for students,” provides resources and highlights key words in the search results. For emerging learners, consider using SweetSearch4Me, a search engine providing age-appropriate results and easy navigation. Other search engines ideal for emerging learners include PrimarySchoolICT and KidRex, both powered by Google Custom Search. Articles, multimedia and video clips can be found in resources such as Discovery Education, the content repository within Project Share, and the archives of Popular Science.

Teachers often ask me for suggestions for search engines beyond the scope of Google. Drive around on the pages of the preceding search engines and consider adding one or more of them to your Problem-Based Learning experiences for your students.

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