Day eight: Lecture about “ICT, pedagogy and simplicity”

by Lyonel KAUFMANN (teacher at Haute Ecole Pédagogique du Canton de Vaud, Lausanne-Switzerland)



Lyonell Kaufmann pointed out, that we always have to keep in mind, that we don’t have much time in the classroom – so at first, we have to think about the contents – and then in the second term the use of ICT for this topic.

He showed 4 recommondations:
– select Web 2.0 technologies based on learning objectives, not cool factor
– establish relevance for your students
– define clear expectations for participation
– model effective Web 2.0 technology use

On the case on Marie-Antoinette and the french revolution, he showed how you can impliment ICT – like videos – in the classroom – even in topics like history.

Larry Cuban: historian by training, he is Professor of Education at Stanford University since 1981. Previously, he was also, for 14 years, a high school teacher in disadvantaged schools. From 1974 to 1981 he was superintendent of a school district. His main research interests focus on the history of curriculum and instruction, educational leadership, school reform and the use of technology in classrooms.

Here is the link tp his blog:

Cuban figures out:
– new technologies are used mainly in the afternoon – when they are already tired
– new technologies are stimm at the periphere of the activity
– new technologies are primarily perceived by teachers as entertainment tools rather than as learning tools
– the organization of school time in primary school is more favorable to the integration of technologies that the organization of school time secondary

A recent inquiry concerning the use of ITC by teachers:


Teachers and students – even if they don’t use technologies in school – they for sure use them at home – to prepare the courses or do their homeworks. Everybody uses new technology in privat life – so why don’t implement them in the classroom?

Thanks Lyonell for this presentation.

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