History of Educational Technology. Fiore, Natalia Macarena Torres, María Eugenia
Table of contents: Educational Technology through the years. Benefits Criticism Current situation
What is educational technology? Refers to the use of technology in educational settings. Is the study and practice of facilitating learning and improving performance by creating, using and managing technological devices.
1920’s Schools, colleges, departments of education, and commercial stations were providing radio programming to schools. Efforts to promote radio instruction were abandoned when television became available.
1931 Films never reached the level of influence in schools that Edison had predicted. Teachers lack of skill in using equipment; the costs, inaccessibility; and the time involved in finding the right film for each class.
1939-1945 World War II Training films for military recruits and new industrial workers. Overhead projectors to support lectures and audio equipment for teaching foreign languages.
1950’s Instructional television usage grew and computers began to be used in education an training.
1997 The Internet expanded faster than it was expected 2000’s Laptop computermerge IWB are used
Current Usages Word processors Websites Internet-based projects E-mail Chat Blogs, wikis and podcasts Online reference tools E-learning Among others
Criticism Lack of proper training, limited access to sufficient quantities of a technology, and the extra time required Special training High cost of technology Fear of damages Resource placement Time consuming
Benefits Easy-to-access course materials. Student motivation. Wide participation. Improved student writing. Subjects made easier to learn. Easy monitoring and mantaining students work. Quick modifications. Differentiated Instruction.
Conclusion Technology is a versatile andvaluable tool for teaching and learning. Teachers need to be prepared touse these technologies effectively. Don’t forget about the problems ofincluding technology into theclassroom, but see them as achallenge.
Are you ready to do away with prejudices and start tryingeducational technology yourself?
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