Last Friday, we made presentations about educational technology in ourselves countries. Today, I read my classmates’ blogs about their countries’ educational technology. And now I want to write some comments.
The design of Marta’s blog is really beautiful. Her article is about educational technology in Romania. That is an unfamiliar country for me. From Marta’s blog, I am interested in three big stages of the development of educational technology in Romania. She indicates clearly, so I can read it easily. In these three stages, I feel that the government plays a definitive role in Romania’s education and technology aspects. The first two stages, the government started to acquire computers for schools and universities, and then they spread the application of different educational technologies in education, trained the teachers and researched more new ways to improve computers into the classroom and daily life. But the third stage is that Romania entered the EU in 2007, the budget for education and research was cut terribly. So it hinders the continuing development of education and technology. I know there are some reasons about economic crisis, but in my mind, if the country enters the EU, it is a good thing for its development, no matter in economic, education, and anything else. I do not know why it made a great affect for Romania’s education. Maybe the development of educational technology is due to finance. But in my opinion, there are other elements which also affect the educational technology in Romania. So this is my question that I want to ask Marta.
Then I talk about Antonella’s blog. She comes from Italy. That is a charming country for me. In Italy, because of the different finance’s condition, the educational situation is also different between the north part and south part, the educational technology is better in the north part than the south part. I agree with her points. To education, finance is the most important factor which helps it to expand and improve. The richer the city is, the better education’s growth is. For the rural area, they do not have more money to buy computers, to import advanced educational technology, and to train their teachers. Her other point is that the changing role of the teachers. The traditional educational methods cannot adapt to the new educational context’s change. To help teachers use technology in their teaching effectively, there is a project called “Multilab”, which use multimedia communication to present everyday learning, meanwhile, provide a platform for teachers to share, discuss their experience and ideas. I like this project. Most of teachers they do not use technology in their teaching, only because they have few knowledge and emotion about educational technology. So if they are interested in this kind of model, they will be likely to use it in their daily teaching. So this project is really useful, it is also a kind of educational technology.
At last, I make a comment on Ana’s blog. Her presentation on Friday is very successful. I enjoy it very much. There are some similarities between Brazil and China. Brazil and China are all big countries in the world. In those two countries, the primary education and secondary education are free. And the teachers’ application about educational technology is different, too. Some teachers are good at it, but some of them are poor at it. Many teachers have short of knowledge about educational technology and its practical application. Ana’s viewpoint is right. Teachers should prepare for the development of educational technology. When they have more skills about educational technology, they will get the benefits and surprise in their teaching experience. The interested aspect in Ana’s blog is the video about the wrong use of the technology in education. That is fascinating very much. The video describes vividly that if the technology is used in education in a fault way, it will lose its real value. The computers are only the machines which could not help students and teachers in their learning and studying. On the contrary, they also spend many spaces of the tables and maybe have some negative effects.
After reading their blogs, I find that not only their opinions attract me very well, but also their blogs’ designs are all great. I am going to design my blog again.