Artifact Introduction: During our sixth week in Introduction to Educational Technology, we were to revisit the definition of Educational Technology in Educational Technology: A Definition with Commentary & reflect on the current definition of Educational Technology. Once we felt like we had conceptualized what elements Educational Technology encompasses we were to create an original graphic, using the program of our choice, to demonstrate our understanding of the definition. Before creating my graphic, I explored several different programs to see which I felt most comfortable with. It was fascinating (and a bit overwhelming) to see all of the different options available. I decided upon using a program I had never explored in the past called Piktochart. It was a very user-friendly program that had enough tools to make my graphic interesting but not too much as to overwhelm me with options.
Reflection of Learning/Standard Connection: Educational Technology as defined by The Association of Educational Communications & Technology (as seen in Educational Technology: A Definition with Commentary) is: “…the study and ethical practice of facilitating learning and improving performance by creating, using, and managing appropriate technological processes and resources.” (Mishra, 2009, p.1) In my graphic, I have a ladder leading to a lightbulb with a fast-forwarding symbol inside because educational technology enables growth (ladder) and leads to learning (lightbulb) and improving that learning (fast-forwarding symbol). In the ladder rungs are various technological means (mouse, cellular device, sharing, computer screen, & internet) because these items facilitate that growth. In the spaces between the rungs are various representations (watering can, paintbrush, magnifying glass, balance, link, globe)of the things that are achieved throughout the growth process like continuous growth, creativity, exploration, ethical awareness), & worldwide interconnectivity. On the outside of the ladder, are arrows that represent that educational technology is a never-ending process, the more that is explored, the more of a need with have for continuous growth. A small wrench and a hammer are by the words “Educational Technology” which reminds us that the definition is always being built upon and therefore forever changing.
- AECT Standard 1.2 Using: Upon creating this graphic I demonstrated the ability to select and use technological resources and processes to enhance my pedagogy of education.
Mishra, S. (2009), Educational technology: A definition with commentary – By Alan Januszewski & Michael Molenda. British Journal of Educational Technology, 40: 187. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8535.2008.00925_4.x