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Chapter 1: Technology, Teaching, and You
Transcript of Chapter 1: Technology, Teaching, and You
What is educational technology?
It involves this...
But it also involves this:
and a whole lot more...
Why study educational technology?
In this chapter, we will:
Examine differing views of educational technology
Explore the role of educational technology literacy as a teacher or other educator
Investigate licensure and certification requirements in terms of technology literacy.
Review the evolution and application of standards and the role of educational technology within them.
Explore how educational professionals achieve and maintain educational technology literacy.
As you can imagine, the various aspects of instructional technology make it difficult to come up with a definition that appeases everyone involved (teachers, software developers, computer scientists, engineers, etc)
For the purpose of this class, we will use AECT's definition:
"Educational technology is the study and ethical practice of facilitating learning and improving performance by creating, using and managing appropriate technological processes and resources" (p. 5)
and our book's definition:
"Any technology used by educators in support of the teaching and learning process"
Our book defines the term "technology" as any tool used in the teaching and learning process...
When we talk about technology in this class, we are referring to "computer/digital technologies"
The International Society of Technology in Education has spearheaded the push
for educational technology standards for teachers, students, and administrators.
Most states have adopted, adapted, or aligned with these standards. (See page 10 in your textbook for the list)
Student Friendly Terms:
Educational Technology Skills
Teachers must be technology literate (the ability to use and apply technologies to training and learning)
This must not only be acquired, but constantly updated.
No Child Left Behind mandates that students be technology literate by 9th grade, which means teachers have to be literate to be able to teach them.
State Certification & Licensure
In all states, teachers must be licensed or certified by the state to be employed as educators.
NCATE (National Council for the Accreditation of Teachers) require that colleges of education include courses or experience in the use of technology for instruction, assessment, and professional productivity.
Along with the ISTE standards, teachers are also required to follow local, state, and national standards, which often include technology.
Current teachers are expected to not only obtain technology skills, but also keep up with the ever-changing world of technology.
They can do this by attending workshops/conferences, taking courses, and participating in online training.
These opportunities are sometimes free and sometimes cost money. The school in which they are employed might hold on-site trainings for them or they might have to learn on their own time.
Many required classroom evaluations have a technology component.
Teachers are not the only ones required to be technology literate...
Media specialists (librarians), administrators, and other support personnel MUST also be technology literate.
Technology skills are not only extremely important, but often times, mandated. In this course, we will discuss WHY you should integrate technology as well as HOW.
Please visit the course blog for today's check-in. You can do this either by clicking on the "Course Blog" tab in Blackboard Learn or by pointing your browser to
What are some examples of
educational technology tools?
I want to hear from you!