Technology, Learning, and Teaching

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Technology, learning, and teaching Summary This Overview studies the relationships between technology, learning, and teaching from a theoretical and historical point of view. The two major theoretical influences on educational technology are presented, and a new vision of learning-centered instructional design is presented. Introduction Technology, learning, and teaching converge in the concepts of educational technology or instructional technology. These fields use learning theories to determine the methods of designing instructional materials and activities that respond to the learners’ characteristics. In this paper the strong relationship between learning, teaching, and technology is studied from a theoretical and historical perspective to better understand the kind of educational experience needed to prepare our students for the demands of the 21st century. When thinking about technology, learning, and teaching many images may come to our minds depending of our experiences. For the younger generations technology is an inevitable part of their life, inside and outside the school environment. But for older generations it may seem as something separate and external that may help, or not the teaching and learning process. Most of us know the joke about change in education: if Rip Van Winkle awakened today, he may be awed by our means of transportation, our means of communication, and our way of living, that is, until he set foot in a school. He would recognize it right away; because of how little it has changed. Even with the technology that is available today, the accessibility of information, the increasing knowledge about how people learn, and a new generation of students who have grown and learn in a technology mediated environment, schools keep teaching pretty much the same way our parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents did (Wallis &

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