Roles of educational technology in learning. Technology can play a traditional role, i.e. as delivery vehicles for instructional lessons or in a constructivist way as partners in the learning process.
Technology can play a traditional role, i.e. as delivery vehicles for instructional lessons or in a constructivist way as partners in the learning process.
In a constructivist way, technology helps the learner build more personal interpretations of life in her/his world. Technology is a learning tool to learn withnot from. It makes the learner gather, think, analyze, synthesize information and construct meaning with what technology presents
Whether used from the traditional or constructivist point of view, when used effectively, research indicates that technology not only “increases students’ learning, understanding, and achievement but also augments, motivation to learn, encourages collaborative learning and supports the development of critical thinking and problem-solving skills” (Shacter and Fagnano, 1999)
Proper implementation of technology in the classroom gives students more “control of their own learning and … tends to move classrooms from teacher-dominated environments to ones that are more learner-centered (Russel and Sorge, 1999)
Educational technology plays various roles. Form the traditional point of view, it serves as presenter of knowledge just like teachers. It also serves as productivity tool. With the internet, technology has facilitated communication among people. From the constructivist’s perspective, educational technology is a meaningful learning tools by serving as a learning partner