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Definitions: Theoretical background relevant to technology facilitated social learning
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Pedagogy before technology

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‘It is important that teachers  do not get seduced by the power or novelty of the technology or us it for its own sake. That will be obvious to most teachers, but the investment in new technology, the enthusiasm many students show for digital tools and media, and the temptation to be seen to be up-to-date and following educational trends, can all act as seductive drivers.’

(Taber, 2016, p.398)

These ‘seductive drivers’ might conversely be seen as keys to engaging others by highlighting attractive features to gain ‘buy-in’.


Taber, K., (2016) The role of new educational technology in teaching and learning: A constructivist perspective on digital learning. In: Marcus-Quinn, A. and Hourigan, T. eds, 2016. Handbook on Digital Learning for K-12 Schools. Springer pp397-412.