THE DEFINITION OF EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY
Educational technology is a wide field. Therefore, one can find many definitions, some of which are conflicting. Educational technology can be considered either as a design science or as a collection of different research interests addressing fundamental issues of learning, teaching and social organization. Nevertheless, there are a few features on which most researchers and practitioners might agree: 1. Use of technology is principled: Technology means the systematic application of scientific knowledge to practical tasks. Therefore, educational technology is based on theoretical knowledge drawn from different disciplines (communication, education, psychology, sociology, philosophy, artificial intelligence, computer science, etc.) plus experiential knowledge drawn from educational practice. 2. Educational technology aims to improve education. Technology should facilitate learning processes and increase performance of the educational system(s) as it regards to effectiveness and/or efficiency. In this short introduction we will try to give a preliminary definition of the field. Other definitions
Educational technology is a very wide field. Therefore one can find many definitions, some of which are conflicting. • Technology means the systematic application of scientific or other organized knowledge to practical task. Therefore, educational technology is based on theoretical knowledge from different disciplines (communication, psychology, sociology, philosophy, artificial intelligence, computer science, etc.) plus experiential knowledge from educational practice (Natalie Descryver) • Educational technology is the use of technology to improve education. It is a systematic, iterative process for designing instruction or training used to improve performance. Educational technology is sometimes also known as instructional technology or learning technology. (Wikipedia:Educational_technology) • The study and ethical practice of facilitating learning and improving performance by creating, using and managing appropriate technological processes and resources. () • A definition centered on its process: "A complex, integrated process involving people, procedures, ideas, devices, and organization, for analyzing problems, and devising, implementing, evaluating and managing solutions to those problems, involved in all aspects of human learning" () • "One definition of Educational Technology is that it is a systematic, iterative process for designing instruction or training used to improve performance" (Encyclopedia of Educational Technology)
• Educational Technology (Information Technology) according to International Technology Education Association 1. Teaches with technology (uses technology as a tool)
2. Primarily concerned with the narrow spectrum of information and communication technologies 3. Primary goal: To enhance the teaching and learning process Terminology issue: Educational technology is a field. Educational technology refers to a technology that is particularly suited for education plus its usage/range of applications maybe. Incomplete definitions
• Technology that is used as tool in education ... it's not just technology • Using multimedia technologies or audiovisual aids as a tool to enhance the teaching and learning process. International Technology Education Association ... it's not just multimedia • Field of education centered on the design and use of messages and physical support conditioning pedagogical situations and learning process.  ... it's not just conditioning
There are different definitions of educational technology; some of these are conflicting with each other. Its aim is to improve the quality of education through the use of technology, such as Wi-Fi and Broadband Internet which is used for getting any information needed by the student, or the teacher, in the World Wide Web.
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