Concept Map: Static versus Dynamic Technologies


Technology continues to improve itself which challenges educators to constantly be trained to teach their students how to exhaust all possibilities of the most current technology trend. The mistake most commonly made by educators is forgetting the personality of their audience. When deciding if static or dynamic technology is better, educators must be sure to understand and familiarize themselves with the technology used within their classrooms personalized for each student. Dr. Moller (2008) states technology is a great tool to help in capturing the students so the retention of information will be successful. Since technology rapidly changes, the necessity for educators to change as rapidly should be a well thought out process and transform how the teacher models their class. The beauty of technology is personalizing education to fit the student instead of trying to carbon copy every student to fit a certain academic mode. Both static and dynamic technologies allows this approach to be established and fortified.

Fahy (2008) eludes to many ways technology can foster a more engaging learning environment but the teacher must be aware and connected to their students so the implementation of technology will manifest a welcomed learning environment. Another pitfall that many educators fall into is the unwarranted rush to change as technology changes. Understanding that some static technology is still valid for use today, a rush to “stay with the times” for trend purpose can hurt the growth of a student in the future. Within this graphic map the difference between static and dynamic technology in some cases, subtle and others, very visible.

Textbooks and written papers are still valid because some teachers and students need these hard copied resources for annotation due to their disconnect with ebooks and digital papers. Emailing and Face-to-face (F2F) communication is still just as important as video conferencing and instant messaging because it allows human tangible skills that this generation still needs in order to remain connected to society and each other. Depending on the educators classroom, many of the static technologies are useful in collaboration with some dynamic technologies for that well roundedness prescribed to mold the whole student. With video conferencing, students can open up their collaboration because the constraints on location and timing is easily captured versus each group member reorganizing their schedule to find a neutral place to physically meet. Since instant messaging has taking the place of emails, emailing is still a viable communicative tool because of it’s security and longevity considering technology.

Even though, many of the static technologies will deteriorate, educators must be strategic in how the transference from static to dynamic will occur and maintain the sole purpose of education, which is to teach, train, exhaust the best out of each and every student that walks into their classroom to become the change agents for a better society. Having the opportunity to personalize any classroom has shown the affect technology has brought to enhancing education and extending the classroom beyond the brick and mortar structure. Now global education is feasible due to the limitless structure of the internet and technology.


Moller, L. (2008). Static and dynamic technological tools.

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2 responses to “Concept Map: Static versus Dynamic Technologies

  1. Hi Orin,
    I agree that some technologies will go away as new technologies emerge. In my classrooms, I only use textbooks as references. Library books are different. My reason for not using textbooks is they are outdated. In one classroom, the books were five years outdated. I had a SMART Board in my room, therefore, my students learned virtually. I think types of media and technology are different for online students because universities are more apt to have the most current (most of the time) technology. However, the instructors must be dynamic and not static instructors. I am looking forward to my next two courses in developing and managing online courses.
    Great post and in depth thought!! An aside: in Philadelphia, there is a high school that has no textbooks; everything is digital. It is amazing.

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