Welcome to my blog! I am glad that I have chosen a course, EC&I 833 – Foundations of EdTch, that I was looking for myself to enrich my tech ability.
On the first day of my class, my teacher, Katia Hildebrandt, tell us about blogging. Then I realised that blogging is an essential tool in educational technology in learning, communicating, expressing and teaching. I will continue and make my blog resourceful as others can get help.
Long days back, I, with my spouse, created a blog named shopnobaz.com. It was a general blog started with WordPress. When I have seen that WordPress is recommended, I just made a subdomain under my domain (shopnobaz.com). It was easier for me to create a new blog. Now, I am using this blog dedicatedly for my education. And I will use my learning in future for teaching.
To me, the definition of educational technology helps not only the educators but also the students. Especially from 2020, when the pandemic hit, we learned the importance of technology even more. Technology has a drastic change from the pandemic. It evolved a lot, and we tried to cope along with it. Briggs stated in ‘The Evolution of Learning Technology’ that,
The more edtech evolves, the easier it is to imagine future possibilities. Now that wearable technology has entered the picture, we can’t help envisioning actual implants that record everything a person sees, hears, and even feels. We could be just a few short decades away from total-immersion technology that turns game-based learning into role-playing reality.
However the future of educational technology unfolds, it’s important to note the way it’s shaped history so far. Doing so will help educators and students visualise it’s potential more fully and use it in ways that aid future generations.
Siemens argues that “behaviorism, cognitivism, and constructivism are the three broad learning theories most often utilized in the creation of instructional environments. These theories, however, were developed in a time when learning was not impacted through technology. Over the last twenty years, technology has reorganized how we live, how we communicate, and how we learn. Vaill emphasizes that “learning must be a way of being – an ongoing set of attitudes and actions by individuals and groups that they employ to try to keep abreast of the surprising, novel, messy, obtrusive, recurring events…” (1996, p.42).” He also focused on some significant trends in learning in “Connectivism: A Learning Theory for the Digital Age”. They are mentioned below:
Among these trends, I, as an educator, was comfortable implicating the Behaviorism direction in my class. However, in the science class, constructivism is the best trend, in my opinion.
Postman talked about five ideas in ‘Five Things We Need to Know About Technological Change’ to change or evolve the technology. In the first idea, he spoke of the disadvantages. Postman said, “The disadvantage may exceed in importance the advantage, or the advantage may well be worth the cost.”
As we were entirely dependent on technology and as a grade three teacher, I had to bear with the fact that the kids are always on screen and could harm them physically and mentally. On top of that, there is always a chance of limited technical resources. I experienced this problem with my students during the pandemic, especially those who have several siblings. “This means that for every advantage a new technology offers, there is always a corresponding disadvantage. The disadvantage may exceed in importance the advantage, or the advantage may well be worth the cost”- Postman states in his first idea.
To conclude, as an educator, there can be some drawbacks to technology. However, our role should stand the same for all times. Moreover, if there is any need to imply any particular trend, we are free to choose our own at our comfort.