Examine one of the technologies you selected in the first discussion.
In this discussion you’ll examine one of the technologies you selected in the first discussion. Prior to completing this discussion read Larson & Miller (2011) and view The RSA (2010).
Initial Post: Create an initial response that addresses the following:
First, select one of the technologies you identified in this week’s first discussion.
Next, answer the following:
To what extent have innovations in educational technology been prompted by this technology?
How has this technology influenced educational theory or practice?
Guided Response: Post responses to at least two classmates. In your response, reflect on your classmate’s responses. Questions you might consider in your response include:
Do you agree with your classmate’s of the technology they selected?
Do you see your classmate’s technology as having influenced innovations in educational technology in a different way?
What relationships do you see between technology, theory, and practice?
History of Education Technology
Technology has played a significant impact on the education sector. Over the years, this sector has continuously incorporated the latest technologies, which have enhanced learning, ensuring that teachers and learners encounter a more manageable time while researching and learning various aspects. Over the years, the World Bank has continued to support learning institutions in developing countries as they develop innovative projects that are keen to improve the education sector. From the days where carving figures were made on rock walls to today\’s technological devices being used by learners and teachers, technology continues to advance educational capabilities to higher levels (Spector, 2020).
With the latest closure of learning institutions due to the COVID-19 outbreak, governmental authorities have learned the importance of implementing the latest technologies in the education sector. Countries that have enhanced this have benefited since it has allowed students to communicate with teachers and one another remotely. This paper seeks to analyze how technology was used in classrooms from 1950 to the Present.
1950\’s to 1970s
During this period, television was primarily used as the latest form of technology. It was implemented for learning institutions and adult education for people who tuned the channels from their homes. The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) was the leading television network, and with the use of printed materials, tutors and learners managed to go through the course material quickly. In addition, radio programs were used, and they concentrated on oral education, whereas television networks utilized documentaries, case studies, and demonstrations. In the 1970s, technology in education heavily relied on television, and this spread across the globe. However, this form of advancement faced challenges in developing countries due to the lack of electricity, cultural issues, and resistance from tutors (Kearney & Levine, 2019).
1980\’s to 1990s
It was during the 1980s when satellite broadcasting began to gain momentum. It was an excellent technological advancement since most learners across the world would be able to quench their thirst for education. However, it was not long before it failed to accomplish its intended purpose due to the lack of electricity and resistance from local teachers. India was lucky since it had launched its satellite, thus enabling them to broadcast educational programs on television. In the 1990s, creating and distributing content became a bit cheap thanks to the presence of high-speed internet and digital compression (Fennell et al., 2018). This low cost in creating video content enabled lecturers to share information through the internet where a learner only needed internet connectivity.
2000 To Present.
Within this period, there was a drastic technological improvement across the world. Institutions of higher learning began recording lectures that were made available to learners free of charge. YouTube was developed in 2005 and later acquired by Google in 2006. The channel was an essential platform for learners to obtain short educational video clips that would easily be downloaded (Chintalapati & Daruri, 2017). Also, online learning became possible due to internet connectivity in various regions. With gadgets such as Smartphones, Tablets, and iPads, online education has become more accessible, and students can connect and share their knowledge.
Twitter, Facebook, and Skype are essential avenues of communication where teachers and learners obtain and share educational content.
Today, it is possible for an entire class to connect to the internet via programs such as zoom and continue learning remotely.
Over the years, the field of education has continued to apply technology. Governmental authorities have been keen to incorporate the latest technologies in the sector to ensure that learners and tutors gain more knowledge where they share it through the internet. Initially, television programs did not allow learners to comment on the content shared. However, these individuals can communicate effectively while connected to the internet, which enhances communication. The future of educational technology is bright, and I see a time when learners will not be required to enroll in physical classes to attain education. Through an institution\’s website, it will be possible to connect with learners and tutors remotely and gain the required knowledge and skills.
Chintalapati, N., & Daruri, V. S. K. (2017). Examining the use of YouTube as a Learning Resource in higher education: Scale development and validation of TAM model. Telematics and Informatics, 34(6), 853-860.
Fennell, S., Kaur, P., Jhunjhunwala, A., Narayanan, D., Loyola, C., Bedi, J., & Singh, Y. (2018). Examining linkages between Smart Villages and Smart Cities: Learning from rural youth accessing the internet in India. Telecommunications Policy, 42(10), 810-823.
Kearney, M. S., & Levine, P. B. (2019). Early childhood education by television: Lessons from Sesame Street. American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 11(1), 318-50.
Spector, J. M. (2020). Remarks on progress in educational technology. Educational Technology Research and Development, 1-4.
Answer preview to examine one of the technologies you selected in the first discussion.