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Subject: GSE 424 Educational Technology

Topic: Definition of Educational Technology; and


Roles and Function of Educational Technology
Reporter: Georgia P. Cabusao
Professor: Dr. Eugenio S. Magno

I. Introduction
The Educational Technology must be viewed in relation to teaching as a whole and to the
learning process. Teachers must understand this relationship in order to be able to make
intelligent or fruitful use of new technology.
II. Content
Definition of Educational Technology
1. Educational technology is the development, application and evaluation of systems, techniques
and aids to improve the process of human learning (Council for Educational technology for
UK:cited by Lucido, 1997).
2. Educational technology is a systematic way of designing, implementing and evaluating the
total learning and teaching in terms of specific objectives based on research in human learning
and communication; and employing a combination of human and non-human resources to bring
more effective instruction (Commision on Instructional Technology,USA:cited by Lucido,1997).
3. Simply stated, educational technology is the application of the results of the researches and
studies, material or non-material to improve teaching and learning.

Roles and Function of Educational Technology


If Educational technology is properly selected and used it can do the following:
1. Arouse and sustain the interest and attention of the pupils/students to learn.
2. Concretize abstract concepts/ ideas to promote meaningful learning.
3. Makes learning more permanent because of the rich experiences that they provide.
4. Provide self-activities for independent learning
5. Increase vocabulary by eliminating verbalism.
6. Develop continuity of thought.
7. Increase the quality of learning while decreasing the time spent.
8. Check pupil preparedness
9. Make learning more interactive, hence learning is improved.

III. Implication to Education


The Educational Technology is useful to us educators but if it is not use properly and if
the materials are not selected correctly it will not be useful. The educational technology is just a
tool so we shouldn’t be dependent on it and we should remember that the teacher itself is the best
instructional materials. With the proper selection and use instructional devices or educational
media, learning becomes more permanent. The educational technology is the teacher’s aid in
discussing lesson more creatively without using too much words. The instructional media also
serve as motivation to the learners as educational technology involves games and different
applications. Technology has to improve the learning process and aim at improving student's
grades if it is properly apply to education. Technology has to facilitate and stimulate individual
learning in an active way. Students should use technology to learn on their own with limited help
from teachers.
IV. References
Teaching Educational Technology by Candelaria D. Garo

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