I was asked to create an original graphic about the definition of Educational Technology for my final assignment in EdTech 501. I used a program called Piktochart. Piktochart was user friendly and relatively easy to use. Once I started to create my graphic, I adapted quickly and was very satisfied with the end result. I really enjoyed creating my graphic!
According to Januszewski and Molenda, Educational Technology is the study and ethical practice of facilitating learning and improving performance by creating, using, and managing appropriate technological processes and resources. I believe Educational Technology needs to be used to facilitate student-centered learning. We need to shift the balance and empower the learner, giving students the opportunity to learn skills at their own pace. We need to use content to organize activities. We need to think of teaching as a way to facilitate learning where the teacher can create learning experiences using technology as a tool. We need to make students responsible for their own learning. Students need to build connections, develop skills for their own learning style, and self evaluate. Teachers need to give regular evaluations. These evaluations can be designed to earn alternatives to grades. Students can instead earn badges and medals which motivate them to learn and succeed. Through teacher facilitation, technology can provide more engagement and improved student learning. We need to start moving away from traditional classrooms. We need to move toward 21st century classrooms where technology is used as a tool to empower learning.
See my graphic definition here.