This was by far my favorite assignment of this course. As I was creating this graphic, I really had to stop and think about what educational technology really means and how I could explain it to someone else. Before beginning this program and more specifically this course, I thought I knew what educational technology was. To me, it was a simple definition- using technology in education duh! I have since learned that I was very naive, and it encompasses so much more than that.
Educational technology is not just about using technology, but HOW we use it. It requires us to expand our thinking and allow our students to conduct their own learning by providing them the tools and resources to do so. I believe educational technology redefines the role of the teacher. Teachers are no longer just presenters of information or dictators of learning. Teachers are there to serve as guides to students throughout the learning process.
I have learned a lot about educational technology, and I am beginning to incorporate the concepts I have learned into my own teaching style and classroom. I still have a long way to go and a lot to learn, but I am excited to continue on the journey.
I used Piktochart to create my graphic. My students and I have viewed several infographics together, so I thought it would be fun to try my hand at creating one. Piktochart makes it very easy. There are templates, icons, photos, charts, maps, and more right there on the site for you to use. I enjoyed creating this, and I plan to create more infographics to put up in my classroom.