The definition of educational technology is stated as:
“Educational technology is the study and ethical practice of facilitating learning and improving performance by creating, using, and managing appropriate technological processes and resources.” By AECT
In the short time that I have been teaching I have been observed as incorporating a student-centered environment with my instruction. This was mostly by plan but not to the degree that it has been observed. As I read through the article Definition I was excited to know that what I have been doing for the last 9 years is in harmony with the direction of educational technology. I cannot take all the credit for this; it mostly is due to a great education technology program at California University of PA where I received my undergrad degree.
I believe the goal of any educational technology teacher is to facilitate the development of our students’ ability to see outside the box for solutions to an existing problem with the knowledge that was provided by the instructor and knowledge obtained through practice. The students should be able to create a solution from the direction of their own experiences. The instructor should provide background knowledge enforcement, new knowledge based on the new experience and promptings to assist when necessary. As student learn to think at a higher and more critical level they expand on their knowledge, experiences and confidence.
Facilitating the creation of new ideas and unseen new knowledge is the expansion of our field of educational technology. Today is our day and tomorrow is theirs. Like the pictures show: 1. A classroom utilizing past technology to solve problems. 2. A student using current technology to solve a problem. 3. A student using future technology to solve a problem.