Monday, March 21, 2011

David Cohen and Susan Neuman discuss digital media and learning

Tags: cohen, digital signage, neuman, teaching and learning, technology

David Cohen and Susan Neuman took part in a conference on digital education at Columbia University's Teachers College. A reporter from the Grand Rapids Press attended the event and, on March 19, 2011, wrote a series of articles about the presentations, including a pair featuring faculty members David Cohen and Susan Neuman.

One article covered Cohen discussing the ways public schools have--and haven't--taken advantage of the potential of new technologies. Using the historical example of the ways schools embraded televsion as a new technology, he observed: “It worked wonderfully – outside of school. Think of 'Sesame Street.'”

Another article included coverage of Neuman's presentation, in which she cautioned that there is a persistent digital divide between many poor and affluent students. She also warned that website surfing could harm literacy: “I know you are all impressed by the razzmatazz of these things, but really they are hurting these students basic literacy skills,” Neuman said. “When they're looking at these sites, they can see photos in different ways and pick out videos. They can avoid reading.”

The conference, including Cohen's and Neuman's presentations, are the subject of a March 21, 2011, entry in the Thomas B. Fordham Institute's Flypaper blog.

David Cohen is John Dewey Collegiate Professor, School of Education; and professor, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy.

Susan Neuman is a professor in the School of Education.

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