University of Calgary

Engaging New Ideas Speaker Series

December 2, 2010

Engaging new ideas on teaching and technology

By Betty Rice

Take a look at a student today—it doesn’t matter whether they are in junior or senior high, or university—it seems as though everyone is plugged in. They’re plugged in to iPhones and Blackberries and Wiis. They’re connected to laptops and iPods and Playstations, too. All this connectivity begs the question—is there such a thing as too much technology when it comes to learning?

The Faculty of Education’s Michele Jacobsen doesn’t think so. That said, she believes that there are key factors to consider when employing technology in the classroom. These include a collaborative setting between student, teacher and technology, and an engaged teacher who can work in sync with the tools being used.

On Tuesday December 7, Jacobsen will speak on the subject of teaching and technology. As part of the Engaging New Ideas Speaker Series, her talk, “Engaging Teaching in a Participatory Digital World” will take place at 7:00 pm in Education Classroom Block room 179, with a reception to follow her presentation. All are welcome to attend this free lecture. For more info and to register, please visit

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