Education Technology: Through My Eyes

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 It was a general blog started with WordPress. When I have seen that WordPress is recommended, I just made a subdomain under my domain ( 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:

  • Behaviorism
  • Cognitivism
  • Constructivism
  • Connectivism

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.

Education Technology: Through My Eyes
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8 thoughts on “Education Technology: Through My Eyes

  1. Hi Fahmida, thanks for sharing your thoughts. You are correct, educational technology is for both students and teachers. We are quick to remind ourselves that students need to be taught how to use the tools effectively, but at times, I feel that the teachers are not taught (or don’t teach themselves) how to use the tools in an effective manner. Do you agree? What tools did you use during remote learning?

    I hope you have settled into Regina and enjoy the rest of the semester!

  2. Hi Janelle, thank you for your comment. I agree with you that students need to be taught the usage of a variety of tools. We educators are also exploring, so this is a journey for both sides. I used -zoom, youtube, google search, PowerPoint, google docs and drive, WhatsApp, teams, telegram etc.

  3. Fahmida, I really like how you integrated learning theories into your post that clearly outlines how technology has evolved, impacted the classroom, and affected students AND teachers. Often, as educators, our first thought is the students, but it’s interesting how you also showed considerations for teachers and that is important to consider when making choices. Further to that, I really appreciate how you shed light on the need to consider how all stakeholders are impacted. You alluded to that with Pandemic teaching with the thought that tech at home will vary from student to student and home to home. This wholistic approach and awareness shows the depth of your consideration that technology and learning is impacted by the entire community. Thanks for the wonderful reminder to consider all aspects of education.

    1. Thanks, Jacqueline. Well, I struggled when everything has been shifted from on-campus to online……It was a challenge for me, and make understand the students that were another part of the challenge…

  4. Hi Fahmida, thanks for sharing! It’s interesting to hear you mention that constructivism is the learning theory that best reflects your science class. How do the kids respond differently when you use more constructivist instructional strategies in your class, as opposed to behaviorist?

    1. Hi Janeen, Thank you for the comment. Different students act differently. Reflection, seminars, discussion forums, small group work, and projects are key methods that I use to support constructivist learning. students really enjoys and grasps ideas very quickly.

  5. Fahmida, thanks so much for sharing and including how you use the learning theories in your own teaching practices. I also like how you talked about educational technology is for teachers and students. Sometimes I think we get so caught up in trying to make the most engaging lessons for students, that we forget we can also use tools to enhance our own teaching practices and the way that we plan, organize, structure lessons and get things done. We as educators can also use educational technology for communities of practice, and for formal or informal professional development, growth, sharing, and understanding. Thanks for sharing!

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