Deliver, Create, Inform
An important roll of an educational technologist is to convey the mission of technology integration to a wide variety of stakeholders. When asked by people not associated in education or technology, I often keep my message to three bullet points in how technology impacts our students and teachers in the classroom. While there are other important points to convey such as operational efficiencies and skills building, I often focus on the following broader three points: Content Delivery, Content Creation, and Data Capturing. From those categories, I then bring up 21st century skills and other benefits of technology integration.
Delivering Content – Technology has changed the way students/teachers engage with educational content that traditional textbooks could never do.
With the advancement of interactive technologies, educational content is being delivered to students in engaging new ways. Software companies are creating content to differentiate, personalize, visualize, and interact with topics never seen before. Content is now being delivered through video streaming, open content, webinars, interactive whiteboards, flash, games, images, social media, and crowd-sourced wikis.
Creating Content – Technology gives our student/teachers opportunities to be content creators, rather than passive learners.
The rise of web 2.0 technologies enabled our students and teachers to become active participants in content creation. Students and teachers are self-publishing podcasts, videos, wikis, newspapers, blogs, slideshows, presentations, and ebooks. Creating content on the web has definitely changed the way students are learning in the 21st century.
Data Capturing – Technology gives students/teachers efficient data capturing/analyzing tools to help inform/drive instruction and learning.
While web 2.0 content creation tools are the “cool” technology, the foundation of quality education starts with good data to inform instruction. There are a host of technologies available to capture data such as polls, surveys, gradebooks, rubrics, informal/formal assessments, online quizzes/tests/benchmarks and student response systems.