For my last artifact for Edtech 501, I created an Infographic based on the definition of Educational Technology and my interpretation of that definition. After reading Educational Technology: A Definition with a Commentary (2008, pp. 1-14), I began to more fully understand the role of technology in education and our responsibility as educators to bring that technology to the classroom. As the use of technology has increased, the teacher is no longer seen as the all knowing sage imparting knowledge to her students. Today’s teacher is a facilitator in a student-centered learning environment. It is important to note that even though students need to be guided in the use of technology, but for authentic learning to occur, the student must be in the driver seat with the teacher coming alongside to shepherd and assist.
To create the Infographic, I used a program called Piktochart. I very much enjoyed the process of creation and am pleased with the results. Piktochart has a variety of templates from which to choose and allows the creator to alter and add to the template as needed. For many students, the creation of an infographic would be a viable alternative to writing a research paper.
As design thinking and project based learning become a standard method of instruction, I believe our understanding of educational technology becomes vital. Educators needs to see the value of integrating technology into their daily curriculum and strive to create, use, and manage technology in an effective manner.
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