In the EC&I 833 class we have been asked a series of questions to help us explore the topic Educational Technology. Personally, I think of educational technology as a system that incorporates an integration of technology with the delivery of curriculum. The support of my viewpoint comes from various educators and philosophers, such as G. Siemens when stated “technology has reorganized how we live, how we communicate, and how we learn (p.1).
The professor presented us with articles that explained learning theory and technology theory. When each theory was given consideration, I was able to make connections with my own style of teaching and its impact in the classroom. The Behaviorist theory can be cited when “learning is accomplished when a proper response is demonstrated following the presentation of a specific environmental stimulus” (Ertmer & Newby, p.48). Behaviorism becomes evident when students are asked to participate in a structured lesson and respond/replicate an outcome.
My role has evolved from knowledge keeper to knowledge facilitator. The classroom learning environment still needs me as the teacher. Educational technology has changed and continues to change the delivery of learning, but what does not change is my role. We create the learning content and select technological tools to help deliver content. My personal teaching journey has changed from utilizing basic print technology to internet/computer applications today.
We, as educators, must know learning theory and how it applies to learners before selecting technological applications in the classroom. Resources have to be carefully researched for its design and it affect on learning outcomes. We need to be aware/knowledgeable of subject learning outcomes before we select an technological application and using it as a source of outcome delivery. Careful selection of resources must be employed.
Ekosi. Thank you for reading my response!