What Is Technology?
Before we can dive into educational technology, I feel that it is important to discuss what technology itself entails. According to Dictionary.com, technology actually has 5 different definitions:
What Is Educational Technology & How Has It Evolved?
Educational Technology is the field of study that investigates the process of analyzing, designing, developing, implementing, and evaluating the instructional environment, learning materials, learners, and the learning process in order to improve teaching and learning.
Like technology, educational technology is much more than computers and networks. In fact, a quick look at its etymology shows us that it refers to three concepts at once: the Latin educare, meaning to rear or train; the Greek techne, meaning art, skill, craft, or the way, manner, or means by which a thing is gained; and logos, Greek for word, or expression by words. While technology translates as “words or discourse about the way things are gained,” educational technology adds a specification: “things” as skills or information, acquired through training.
- Abacus (ancient counting mechanisms)
- Oral Communication
- Quill Pen
- Printing Press
- Chalboards/Whiteboards (as discussed in class)
As always, technology evolves. This leads us to also add many more recent things to the list of educational technologies such as projectors, videos, assistive technologies, printers, photocopiers, the internet, social media etc. Obviously, as time goes on some technologies fall “out of style” or are replaced by something that has made the task easier. However, many of these older technologies were stepping stones for the educational technologies that are now popular in the 21st century.
Educational Technology in My Classroom
I also believe that not only do we need to be using technology in the classroom to help benefit our students’ learning, but we also need to be using it in order to prepare them for life as technology is not going anywhere. As Scott Widman points out in his video (below), “utilizing technology in the classroom is less of a choice and more of a responsibility… it is our obligation to prepare students for the challenges of being digital [residents].” We would not be doing our jobs as educators if we are not using these technologies that we have available to not only help educate our students on the curriculum, but also to prepare them for success & safety outside of school.