What is Education Technology?

The technology used to support and provide access to education is under the category of education technology. This can include any equipment, programs, or other materials that teachers and students utilize to facilitate learning. In the classroom or outside of it, these technologies support students in attending their lessons, collaborating, connecting with distant learners, or picking up new skills. With the use of educational technology, teachers can develop digital, interactive textbooks, gamify their lectures, take attendance, give homework, administer quizzes and assessments, and receive immediate feedback on their lesson plans, styles of instruction, and structure. By enabling teachers and students to learn in a setting that makes use of now-common technologies like smartphones, computers, and tablets, educational technology is disrupting traditional education and teaching techniques. The technical world has seen a significant change in recent years. Teachers must employ the most up-to-date tools available in their job to engage students as more people become involved in digital media. Innovative teaching methods and the introduction of fresh concepts are necessary to get students interested in what they are learning. Due to its significance in the modern educational landscape, the use of educational technology by teachers has become mandatory.

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Advantages of technology in education

  • It Provides a Wider Selection Of Materials That Are Simple To Access.
  • It offers students an enjoyable and interesting learning experience.
  • It enhances students’ academic performance and communication skills
  • It enables students to use the Internet whenever they want, from wherever.
  • It Helps Students in Staying Current with New Technological Advances
  • It enables students to advance both mentally and physically
  • It Assists Students in Learning New Skills and Knowledge

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Technology is not only entertaining and time-saving; it also has some severe side effects that must be controlled and taken care of since they put the health and personality of both students and teachers in danger. According to the postman article, Five things we need to know about technological change, technology is both a giver and a taker. In other words, there is always a drawback to going along with every benefit that new technology delivers. There are some disadvantages of using technology in the classroom.

  • Some students may become disengaged from the classroom when using technology.
  • Some children might not be able to distinguish between trustworthy and unreliable sources.
  • In some schools, some technologies can take the position of the teacher.
  • There are privacy issues with technology in the classroom to take into account.
  • Technology access is frequently restricted in schools.

However, the use of technology in the classroom helps in improving teachers. Students are more engaged in the process when they witness their teacher attempting novel techniques. Students gain from it as well since they have more options and chances to explore and share information than they would in a regular classroom. Technology is a useful and adaptable instrument for education and learning as well as for everyday living. The most crucial factor is that educators must be ready to use these tools well. Schools can use technology well, and it is imperative that they do so for the benefit of the children, instructors, and wider society.

Educational Technology – Week 3

The group that I was a part of during last week’s class discussing educational technology discussed what TECHNOLOGY really entails.  We discussed that many people (me included) jump right to the electronic component being the sole determinant that something falls under the technological umbrella.  This idea was quickly countered by Kirsten who made a great point.  She said that technology does not need to be solely electronics based, and brought up that when the settlers began using the wagon, that wagon was considered state of the art technology for that time, a practical improvement for a job of that era.

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Technology & Educational Technology

This brief breakout room discussion has made me challenge my own thoughts of what technology is and what falls underneath the umbrella.  So, I did what any normal person does when they are challenging their own beliefs or needs clarification on a subject….. I headed over to Google. A simple search of “technology definition” helped provide some clarity in my thinking.  Google gave me a few definitions:

  • the application of scientific knowledge for practical purposes, especially in industry
  • machinery and equipment developed from the application of scientific knowledge
  • The branch of knowledge dealing with engineering or applied sciences.

I wanted to get some confirmation on my newly discovered understanding of technology, so I went to the next place that any normal person would go to in search of information…..YouTube! Here I found a super simple video that validated my new definition of technology.  This video goes on to further explain that technology is anything that is created by humans in search of a solution to a problem or to make our lives easier!  

This quick Google search exposed my own definition of technology was flawed and needed to be revamped. This new information has also made me rethink my definition of Educational Technology.  Originally, I thought of this concept simply as anything electronic that was used in the educational setting.  After the breakout room discussion and Google and YouTube search epiphanies, I think a contemporary definition of Educational Technology can be as simple as any new technology that has practical educational purposes or improves (makes it easier) the educational practices. 

Like Bart, I also wanted to have a discussion with my Grade 7/8 students about their thoughts on technology and further what they thought a definition of Educational Technology was.  I was also pleasantly surprised with the level of engagement and what they were able to come up with throughout these discussions surrounding technology.  After these discussions, I started going through the assigned articles for this week and was taken back when I got to the Postman’s article.  

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My students, albeit not word for word, touched on 3/5 of his ideas of EdTech outlined by Postman..  They hit idea #1 & 2 together.  They were quick to mention that they feel there is always a tradeoff with technological change.  One student said that whenever I get a new gadget (Play Station in this case) that their interaction in person suffers.  They tend to focus solely on the new piece of tech that their friendships and social interactions become stagnant.  They also understood that these new advancements affect everyone differently, specifically some see advantages and are hit with the disadvantages.  That same student outlined that not everyone can afford the latest advancement which could be seen as a disadvantage.  

They were also able to touch on Postman’s idea #5 surrounding the idea that technology is rhythmic.  Postman outlines that this idea is centered on the notion that technology is in fact part of the natural order of life and cannot be changed.  One student outlined this idea when they brought up the fact that they didn’t know a life without technology (it has always just been there for them) and as such that life would not or could not function without technology.  I was not sure what to expect from the discussions with my class, but was thoroughly impressed and proud of each of them!

Personal EdTech Practices

When I think about my personal experiences and practices with EdTech, one theme or feeling comes crashing to the forefront of my mind…. That of being completely and utterly OVERWHELMED!  Tony Bates, outlines that what makes the digital age stand apart from previous ages is the pace that new technologies come to fruition and are established as an integral aspect in our everyday lives.  This is an accurate rendition of my experiences with EdTech.  I often find it so overwhelming trying to keep up with the newest app or the latest craze that my EdTech path is extremely broken up, choppy and full of potholes.

Some days I feel excited to try a new app only to learn 5 minutes after that there is something different that does just a little bit more…. SIGH!  Not only is it difficult to keep up with the releases of new technology, but it also becomes difficult to keep straight what is approved by the division for use in our classrooms – I just don’t have the brain capacity at times to keep it all straight! With that being said, I feel that I do not have many well established EdTech practices in my classroom outside of the use of EDSBY, Google Classroom and my smart projector.

Cheers,

 

Bret

 

Educational Technology

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: These definitions indicate that the traditional, often main definition of technology (see definition 1), is not the only one to exist. Technology does notContinue reading "Educational Technology"

What is educational technology?

As time goes on, use of technology is increasing day by day. Everyone knows that the Internet and technology have made the world so small that everything is possible with just in single click. And in terms of education, technology and education nowadays are interrelated as we are discovering and implementing new ways of learning with the help of technology. Educational technology helps the students, to learn and understand the material, and it can also be used as a tool for communication and research. From that article, “Benefits of Ed tech in the classroom”, I get to know about the benefits of using educational technology in our classroom as it helps to increase the engagement, collaboration, productivity and creativity among students.

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Educational technology breaks the boredom of the classes, it completely replaced the traditional classrooms, as it helps the students in keeping them engaged, builds the strong base of knowledge and triggers the curiosity of the children. Moreover, it introduced the concept of teaching with the help of artificial intelligence, virtual reality, augmented reality, 3D printing and various other methods to make education interesting and thoughtful.

During Covid-19, the online class has played an important role in imparting knowledge to the students. As well as all the educational institutions are offering online courses to students which helps them to improve their learning experience. Moreover, I am also attending my online classes from the last year, so I must say technology in education is entirely changed the educational system.

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From that article, “School work and Surveillance”, I found this quote, “Technologies designed to prevent or identify cheating”, very interesting as it talks about the importance of surveillance in education. In addition, this article, “History of Ed tech” talks about the importance of educational technology, and discussed that educational technology helps in oral communication, written communication, broadcasting and video, and many more.

“We need technology in every classroom and in every student and teacher’s hand because it is the pen and paper of our time”                -David Warlick

Thank you

Lovepreet kaur

Educational Technology: Neither Sinner nor Saviour

Defining the Variable: Ed-Tech

When I think of educational technology, my (active) imagination transports me to AI classrooms and interactive hologram projections. Part of me views ed-tech as the saviour of classroom to world relevancy; another part of me suffers ominous flashes of Judgement Day and Matrix-laden doom! Of course, that’s not the reality…at least, not yet.

 

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In class, I defined educational technology as classroom-based innovations, in either hardware or software context, meant to enhance learning. In my breakout room, we further settled on one word to divide technology from educational technology: Purpose. Any human advancements in applied scientific knowledge can be interpreted as technology, but educational technology serves to analyze, evaluate, develop, manage, create, and collaborate in an academic setting. Laughing in our small chatroom about the purpose of a fridge was unexpected but served to demonstrate that the refrigerator – our cold-food cornucopia – can be defined as technology. However, when considered in a Home Economics setting, it could be categorized as ed-tech. Purpose then, and intentional purpose preferred – is everything when determining what ed-tech best serves innovative classrooms.

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A Shady Past and Meaningful Future

Without realizing it (admittedly, I hadn’t completed all the readings before class) my philosophy of purposeful ed-tech aligns with Robert B. Kozma. In 1994, Kozma restructured the media debate by asking:

“‘In what ways can we use the capabilities of media to influence learning for particular students, tasks, and situations?'”

This mindful shift in considering and implementing media in the classroom fulfills the highest purposes of ed-tech: Effective teaching and enhanced learning.

Unfortunately, as history and personal experience have shown, a philosophy of mindful ed-tech usage has not always been the case. Reading through Audrey Watter’s article “The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade” (2019) was a shame-filled Delorean blast to past. I giggled, I shook my head, I remembered. When I started teaching 13 years ago, any “good” innovative teacher salivated over getting a classroom Smartboard. It was the saviour (fallacy) brought to life in my classroom! Now many sit as $8000 whiteboards with poor lighting and abysmal screen alignment. As Watters and Katia indicate, Smartboards turned into a hard technology due to lacking soft applications. Despite receiving hours of Smartboard training, my Smartboard has become a glorified (problematic) projector. Now I salivate over classroom chrome-cast TV’s. It’s always something! And I say that tongue-in-cheek as I stare at my coveted classroom 3D printer… gathering dust in the corner. Whoops!

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My ed-tech philosophy has been largely unconsciously written by hours of ed-tech training and lived experience. My childhood education was filled with chalk-board dust and projector reels. I hardly considered these ed-tech advancements, and yet, that is exactly what they were…in their time. My high school typewriters gave way to computers. My Moodle and Blackboard training was replaced with Google classroom, then Edsby. My ed-tech philosophy evolved to understand two key principles:

  1. Ed-tech is synonymous with change.
  2. It is neither sinner nor saviour.

Neil Postman elaborates on my evolving understanding of ed-tech, providing 5 key things we must understand about technological change:

  • Advancements carry a price.
  • The digital divide allots winners and losers (something I am now cognizant of after 2. 5 years teaching online)…
  • That give way to prejudice and bias.
  • Its reach touches everything and everyone.
  • It creates its own omnipotent mythos. As my current students struggle to imagine a classroom without 1-1 Chromebooks – supposing it has always been this way – I can certainly attest to this last (potentially dangerous) concept.

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Conclusion: Defining the Constant

After considering the historical and philosophical aspects of ed-tech, I can only surmise that my viewpoint will continue to evolve with the technology in my classroom. If ed-tech innovations are the variable, then meaningful/intentional/equitable implementation must be the constant.

Ponderings

  • Based on usage, technology can often be categorized as ed-tech, but how often do we use ed-tech as technology in our day-to-day lives? For example, Kahoot is largely construed as ed-tech software, but do we ever use it ourselves for fun? I know I don’t! If I never hear the theme music again, it will be too soon!
  • Do you feel a sense of jadedness when the “next big thing” in ed-tech/training comes out? Or a heady rush of excitement for something new to offer students?
  • It’s been over 13 years since I was an education undergrad, but I wonder how much emphasis is now placed on meaningful classroom ed-tech selection and implemenation. Insights are most welcome!

EC&I 833- Introduction Post!

Hello everyone!!

I am Lovepreet Kaur, a full-time student of Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction at University of Regina. This is my 10th course towards my masters and 2nd course with Katia. If I talk about my native place, I am from Northern part of India, and last year I came to Regina for my master’s. I worked as a Mathematics teacher in my home country and now I am full time student.

Teaching can be challenging, but with the help of technology, it can be more interesting and interactive. I still remember the day, when my teachers used to teach me only with the help of textbooks, black board and chalk, because my school did not have the enough digital resources to teach the students due to the lack of resources funded by the government, and even though I got my own computer in my undergraduates, and laptop during my masters. Therefore, this is the reason that I was not aware much about digital tools, but during covid-19 and in my previous classes with Alec and Katia, I have learned a lot about the importance of digital tools and educational technology, their positive and negative impacts on learning, and I get to know that technology is really playing an important role in our learning. Moreover, a lot of devices are there for teaching and learning such as eBooks, electronic gadgets and white boards.

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Advent of innovative technology and internet has improved the learning style of students. Earlier traditional methods are used by the teachers within the class to educate the children but now transformations can be seen in the classes, teachers are using advance teaching techniques through technology while delivering the lectures. Even though, phones and tablets have become a very popular tool for students inside and outside of the classroom due to the wide adoption of these devices. Moreover, I am also using various sites to do my assignments such as Flipgrid, Canva and zoom for attending my classes.

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I’d want to conclude by saying that modern technology is an indestructible aspect of the twenty-first century as it makes life easier for teachers and students so they can put up less effort and learn more.

Looking forward to learning from you all!!

Thank you

Lovepreet Kaur

Off the Screen, Back Into the World

Allow Me to Introduce Myself…

My pronouns are she/her and I am honoured to live on Treaty 6 land. In the last 13 years, I have taught every grade from 1-12, and for the past 2.5 years, I have been the K-7 Online Learning Support Teacher (OLST) for the Light of Christ School Division. I am freshly returned to teaching middle years for 2022-23, while I continue to help educators with edtech curriculum and content creation. My family consists of my husband, Mark, two children, a polar bear (Great Pyrenees) named Tank, and – sadly – our recently departed mountain lion (cat) named AJ. My interests include creative writing, reading (largely fiction and personal growth), learning, hiking, travelling, my family, mental health, and environmental/social justice.

“Back In My Day…” 

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The powers-that-be (AKA: my students) have dubbed me a geriatric millennial, but I think I prefer xennial-on-the-cusp. The dubious title holds a wealth of experience with early educational technology. Strobing lights and flickering sounds of a classroom projector, alongside dying of dysentery a million times on the Oregon Trail, are some of my earliest educational memories. My elementary school was progressive enough to have a computer room simply to practice our wpm, but when I went to high school, typewriters remained the norm until Grade 10. Pshhkkrr-king-tshchchchch-ding-ding-ding, dial-up is a sound time does not forget; a necessary evil I endured while researching senior-level science projects and English essays. Registering for University classes blindly on the Registrar phone line….what could possibly go wrong? Technology and us…me? We’ve come a long way since those early Oregon Trail, Windows 95 days.

After the After(math)

Edtech and Me

 

In my first Graduate class, I wrote my first blog post, outlining the before and after(math) of educational technology during the pandemic years. Before the pandemic, my classroom heavily relied on technology to create student projects, but -in hindsight- I wonder if I unknowingly used tech for its own sake (mostly to seem current).

After spending 2.5 years as an Online Learning Support Teacher (OLST), isolated between four small walls and my face between four small points on a screen, something in my educational pedagogy shifted….a redefinition I still struggle to word. In my online time, navigating the digital divide was a daily struggle. Zoom, Edsby, TikTok, Flip, Peardeck, Kahoot, Blooket, Miro, etc. etc. etc.? What I finally understand is that all the programs, apps, platforms, and tech tricks can’t help without equitable access and human connection.

Returning to the classroom now, tech is interwoven seamlessly throughout my teaching day. From my classroom 3D printer to Zooms with Indigenous Saskatchewan artists, edtech provides amazing opportunities for my students (and me) to connect to learning on a deeper level. My edtech and teaching pedagogy is more purposeful now, revealing a silver lining in my post-pandemic online world.

Drop a line and share…

  • What were your early experiences with edtech? Do you feel it shapes how you use/don’t use technology in the classroom now?
  • Tell me someone out there mastered the Oregon Trail!?!
  • Do you see a clear distinction between your technology use before and after the pandemic? Have we become too reliant on edtech now? Or perhaps adverse to it due to overuse in the last 2.5 years?

 

 

Technology in education is advancing worldwide

My name is Shivali. I am from India and this is my third course in master of education. I think that every aspect of life is significantly impacted by technology. Technology allows for the automation of numerous manual tasks. A lot of difficult and important activities can also be completed more easily and effectively with the help of contemporary technology. Furthermore, Education has undergone a transformation thanks to technology. It is impossible to overstate the value of technology in education. In fact, the introduction of computers into the classroom has made it simpler for both teachers to convey knowledge and students to learn it.

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when I was in primary school I did not have an interest in technological gadgets and mostly teachers preferred to teach students with the help of books and they did not have enough funding to provide computers, projectors, and smart boards. but after some time the importance of technology in the classrooms increased when I was in 6th standard I learned about the various parts of computers and the basic concepts of computers. Moreover, my science teacher usually taught various concepts with the help of projectors and I  was always excited to attend her class. At that time I did not have a computer or internet facilities and I used computers only in school. but when I got admission to college than I purchased my own computer for making my presentation and projects.  From my perspective, The usage of technology has increased the fun factor of teaching and learning.  We are now more reliant on technology than ever because of the COVID-19 Pandemic. I can still clearly recall the moment I earned my bachelor’s degree in teaching in 2019 and started working at Tagore Model School. My first job was really exciting, but after three months all the schools were shut down due to COVID-19, and I used to teach science and math. Science is a way to learn how things actually work. It is also a very practical subject; therefore, I was excited to teach it to students in a lab setting. It was an extraordinary experience for me to educate students in grades 6 to 8, but everything changed as a result of COVID-19. Academic normalcy remains out of reach for many students, teachers, and parents due to the COVID-19 education shutdowns. Parents, educators, and students must now all acclimate to a new type of learning environment: distance learning. For the first time, I created online academic materials that students could utilize at home to maintain academic continuity.

The approaches we take to educating students to change along with the globe. It goes without saying that technological advancements have accelerated over the past few decades, and as a result, instructional technology has changed. In most settings, including the classroom, technology is at the heart of our life. Many kindergarten–high school students have grown up in a technologically advanced society. They have never known life without smartphones, laptops, televisions, and other popular electronic gadgets. Technology offers a wealth of materials that are helpful for students. For instance, a website like Khan Academy is very useful if a student needs assistance with their math assignments because it offers sample problems and lessons. I am a math teacher and I usually used khan academy to teach students students were always interested to use this app because it makes mathematics an interesting subject.

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I think the importance of technology is increasing day by day. I am using technological gadgets on the regular basis. Being a teacher I think that the importance of technology never is ignored. There are various apps for example khan academy, busy shapes prodigy, Quizlet that are very helpful for students and I am using these apps on daily bases to teach the students and I think it is the best way to teach the students because they are always interested to learn different subjects with different teaching strategies and it makes teaching-learning more interesting. I think the government and school agencies should provide computers and internet facilities to students so they become tech savvy. I see this program as a fantastic chance to learn different ways of using technology in the classroom and I will implement these methods to teach students in the classroom.