Role of technology in education
The advent in technology has created a profound effect in the field of education as well, just like the other areas in human life and society. When these technological tools are used extensively in learning, they are referred to as educational technology. If it is to be considered as a concept, then educational technology is the range of tools and the underlying various theoretical perspectives, which are used for effective application in those tools. The tools generally include networking hardware, media and machines.
It is a common misconception that Educational technology has been restricted only towards high technology. Any simple technique that can ease out the learning process can be considered as a part of the educational technology. Abacus can be considered as an earliest form of educational technology. The currently age considers electronic learning as the pinnacle of such technology. The e learning has presented the world with real ease in leaning. However, the technology is quite complex and complicated behind the façade of front end.
The educational technology uses various media to impart education. The various kinds of media include both audio and visual methods. The most common form of media includes texts, images, audio, animation, videos, etc. The hardware involved in this process is satellite TV, tapes of both audio and video, compact disks, web-based applications along with other computer based learning. The design of these educational technologies is dependent on factors of theories of learning and instructions. The educational philosophies are also imbibed in their designs.