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EDTE 233
Teaching Problem-Solving with Educational Technology.

Forum Assignment: "Shift Happens"
11/25/07 Due 12/02/07 Midnight

For this forum assignment, you will watch three short video clips and reflect on the authors' view of the past, present, and future of technology in education.

Watch video clip #1: What If?
Do your best to watch this video as it is a prelude to video clip #2.
(There are several file formats listed but I was only able to get the Windows Media player version to work. You may have better luck than I did with one of the other file types :)

Watch video clip #2: Did You Know?/Shift Happens 2.0
(click on the arrow below to watch the movie)


  • What are your initial reactions to what you saw in the presentation?
  • How are these changes manifesting themselves in your personal lives? professional lives?
  • What do we think it means to prepare students for the 21st century? What skills do students need to survive and thrive in this new era?
  • What implications does this have for our current way of doing things?
  • Do we need to change? If so, how?
  • How do we get from here to there?
  • What challenges must we overcome as we move forward?
  • What supports will we need as we move forward?
  • What kind of training will we need to move forward?
  • What kind of commitments will we need to make (with each other, our students, and our community) to move forward?
  • Who's scared? Why?
  • What will we do next? What are some concrete actions that we can take in the near future?
  • Is it possible for a teacher to be an excellent teacher if he/she does not use technology? [see this key question for another way to ask this]

Watch: Around the School Year in 180 Days
(click on the arrow below to watch the movie)


How is time used at your school?


Use the questions listed above to scaffold your respond. You are not required to answer every question - just use them to help frame your answer.

  1. Post a two to three paragraph response on the forum.

  2. Reply to two peer responses.


Web Resources




Joyce Dibble

Students will need an e-mail account and computer access to the Web. All Sacramento State students enrolled in one or more units can create a SacLink account for e-mail. Although a home computer with Internet access running Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox or Netscape Navigator would be beneficial, students can access the Internet from one of the campus student labs. Check out System Check and Computer Hardware Recommendations for more information about equipment.

Last updated: 11/25/2007