After working through this module I must admit that I was a bit confused. Reading all the chapter summaries provided enough information to get a grasp at what everything was about. So in this reflection I decided to take a look back to where educational technology has been and associate different learning theories in my own education.
Teaching with educational technology started before we were born. In my lifetime I have worked in and witnessed how emerging technologies have come into the lime light and fade away with another evolution. Currently, educational technology is in the process of becoming digital. Physical items are being phased out and eliminating the need for warehouses to store items in. Personally, I have moved away from purchasing physical DVD’s to buying only digital content or renting streamed materials. So, I have to admit that technology provides access to powerful resources and physical devices to access them (if you can afford to buy them). Often, I take time to look around at the crowd of people and see what they are doing. As you can guess over half are spending face time with digital devices to communicate; Hey … I’m right here talk to me in person.
As for educational theories and frameworks, they seem to be sound, yet versatile enough to be revisited and reflected upon. In elementary grade the instructional approach was that of a traditional classroom; lecture/preach, then wonder around and teach (help) those who are struggling. This constructivist approach has dominated the paradigm in learning (Issroff & Scanlon, 2002). Fast forward, the learning theory Constructivism really applies itself to the use of technology in the classroom. This learning theory is about authentic learning and self discovery that creates knowledge. Back then scenarios were about the past, as compared to today where teaching put emphasis on placing instruction into real world scenarios. Technology can do all of that for students. It can bring experiences to them as well as create scenarios to make all topics relevant. Going back to my past scenario, after the traditional class and school let out, at least in my past, I would collaborate with others (group learning) to go over (communicate) what we needed to do in order to accomplish our homework assignment(s).
Issroff, K., Scanlon, E. (2002). Educational Technology: The Influence of Theory. Journal of Interactive Media in Education.