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Technology Theories


Social Construction of Technology

human action shapes technology and not the other way round

can be used to analyze why a piece of technology was successful or not

success or failure of a technology is socially determined regardless of how good the technology really is

old people like me will think of VHS vs Beta as an example, Beta was considered the better technology but VHS won the market share and Beta disappeared; one reason for this is that VHS worked better for movie rentals because you could fit a whole movie onto one tape

Media Ecology

there is no single defintion

this is the study of media as environments

technology has very strong influences on society, New node

technology affects the way we see the world

Media Ecology Association

Sees humans as affected by technology rather than SCOT which sees technology being affected by humans, This makes me think of the movie, Wall-E. Did the people in the movie shape their technology or did the technology shape the people?

Learning Theories


knowledge is constructed by the learner

every learner brings their own experiences to learning

teacher is a facilitator rather than a lecturer

learning is active


people learn when they are able to make connections between different nodes of information

knowledge exists in the world and not in the brain of any one person

knowledge is out there for the learner to find

learning is active

the teacher is there to provides activities and opportunities for the students to find and make connections with knowledge

Cognitive Load

there are two kinds of memory: working memory and long term

long term memory is where we store our long term knowledge

we use working memory to take in information and then it moves to long term memory for "storage"

information overload of the working memory impairs learning

teachers need to be aware of how much new information they are presenting all at once