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The Big Picture Of Education Technology: The Padagogy Wheel

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by TeachThought Staff

Teaching is a matter of design.

That’s not new, but in an era of change and possibility, it’s more apparent now than ever.

The SAMR model (which acts as a kind of continuum to reflect the possibilities of technology in learning) is a helpful tool to make sense of this idea, a visual reminder that ideally technology moves beyond Substitution phase (the “S”) towards a Redefinition (the “R”) of what was previously impossible without it.

This, among other shifts, will help fully realize the potential of learning technology. When you take a Bloom’s wheel, and smash it together with 60+ educational apps that allows learners to brainstorm, collaborate, research, create, curate, and create new knowledge–well, you have the image below, courtesy of Allan Carrington of Designing Outcomes.

This is what has come to be known as the “Padagogy Wheel,” a title that reflects this convergence. The full pdf version–which can be downloaded here–includes links to download the representative apps, but the big idea here is really the big picture thinking of how technology works–or can work–in the learning process.

The visual places the idea of motivation and capabilities at the center, which gets at one of its more compelling characteristics as a model–the meshing of technology, thinking, and student motivation. Many of the failures in #edtech are failures in #edtech integration, and frameworks like the Padagogy wheel attempt to clarify the relationship between “big picture” elements. Seeing the pieces–tablets, apps, learning goals, cognitive actions, etc.–and how they work together is everything. Without that vision, any bit of #edtech is limp and lifeless.

An example?

Google Drive in and of itself is neither good nor bad.

Google Drive in service of a task previously unattainable without it, attended to by an engaged student, where said student is using a spreadsheet to classify mammal behavior with a student in another school as part of a presentation to a local wildlife preserve as the culminating task in a project-based learning unit on animal ecology?

That’s something else altogether.

The Big Picture Of Education Technology: The Padagogy Wheel

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Allan Carrington

G’day and greetings from Adelaide South Australia. I am Allan Carrington and as others call me … the imagineer of the Padagogy Wheel. Thank you for this excellent blog post. I was thrilled to see such a fine statement of what I have always been trying to communicate with the Padagogy Wheel. The big picture and the vital importance of “the meshing of technology, thinking, and student motivation”

I can tell by the number of re-tweets about this post that many hundreds (I don’t think that is an exaggeration) of teachers “have got it”! Well done guys


Katherine Burdick

I suggest that the apps on the wheel be revised and some of the newer apps get recognized. Also, most of the apps are very general and big picture and are totally dependent on how they are used as to whether or not they fit the category they are listed in. Examples of how to use the apps would be of great benefit otherwise it is much like showing a grid of the letters of the alphabet without knowing how to read.

dumb questions, why “padagogy”? I need to know because I am putting this in a presentation for teachers and dont want to be caught out if someone asks (and I know they will)