What is Instructional Technology?

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Look at the definition of instructional technology given here and compare it with the definition of educational technology (ET), given by AECT as ‘Educational technology is the study and ethical practice of facilitating learning and improving performance by creating, using and managing appropriate technological processes and resources'. Find the differences between the two. In this context you may recall or refer to the exercise you did in the section 1.5 .

The ET is a broader term and deals with creating a system to improve performance of students and it is based on a systems approach where as IT is more specific and attempts to identify the educational problems and challenges of students, reorganises the content in the context of available technology resources and delivers the instruction so as to ensure acquisition of knowledge, skills, attitudes etc. among students as per the plan developed by the teacher.

Evolution of instructional technology

Technology has evolved over the times from pencils to pens, slates to chalk boards, radio to televisions, and computers to iPads. All these items are available for teachers to use, each with its own potential. Each one of these had its own time of dominance and importance. Here is the list and approximate year:

Table 2.1 Jeff Dum - The Evolution of Classroom Technology
Source: http://edudemic.com/2011/04/classroom-technology (Accessed on 5 March 2012)


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Watch this video to learn more about technology in the classroom.

Source: http://youtu.be/4oEgxwLhvV8 (Accessed on 4 March 2012)

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