Above is my mind map of static vs dynamic media for distance education. In creating this mind map, I discovered a couple of things. First, most ‘technologies’ can be used for a number of different reasons. For example, technology that lets you communicate can also be used for collaboration. I mean, I knew this, but it was interesting to see it in print so to speak.
As for myself, I find in my teaching, that I use far too much of the static technologies and not near enough of the dynamic. Teaching in a high school, it is hard to create content that is too dynamic or the kids will go crazy with it. It is hard to keep them on task as it is, creating something that provides constant interaction would be insane. However, I do believe I can be more dynamic in my classes. In fact, some of my students have taken it upon themselves to be more dynamic. My AP chemistry class has a Google hangout that they use to collaborate on problem solving – AP chem is all about problem solving. I could do more things like that. I could create a Google hangout for my students maybe once a week or so. That way if they are having trouble with something I can help them out in real time.