Quora, the Q&A website where anyone in the world can ask questions and the answers are edited and organized by the community of users in the forms of opinions. Think about it as the live version of Wikipedia where people can go at you for posting the wrong answers. During my research for what is educational technology I found a link to a Quora question about what is educational technology. In this post I focus on the 5 killer Quora answers on educational technology.
All of the answers were selected based on number of views and upvotes. Views do not signify that it’s the most accurate answer only that people in Quora viewed the answer the most thus making it a killer Quora answer.
I copied and past the answers to make it easier for you and was not intended to plagiarize an answer.
All of the questions come with the name of the person that wrote the answer, number of views and link to the answer so you can see for yourself the original posting.
The first filler Quora answers on education technology is from the question, “what is educational technology?” The killer answer is from Gopal Iyer, works at Educational Initiatives – Answered August 8, 2017 with 3.9k views.
Educational technology; defined as a platform to enhance learning through different digital tools, strives to improve pedagogical transactions anywhere, anytime. A crucial component of ET is its evolving nature, enabling children to learn better and faster. Now let me exemplify this and share my experience in the Indian context and how they have evolved in the recent years and what may the future look like?
First came the basic Windows Computers or desktop PC’s which stored information on floppy drives. Typically we were taught calculations, typing and a few basic languages and thus preparing us to take on the real world challenges. Since then education technology has come a long way, and its progress indeed amazes me. This is what a computer used to look like, during our ET sessions in our schools.
A few years later, in came, the laptops and tablets PC’s overthrowing the good old white elephants like the one’s above and made learning look more engaging and fruitful. However, what changed here was the shift in power from the teacher to the learner. Information was available at the touch of the button, thus making the student as powerful as the tutor. Learning also evolved - difficult concepts taught through apps, exercises provided for practices and real time feedbacks have been made possible, equipping teachers to point out gaps in learning. (a typical tablet equipped classroom)
Immersive learning the future
The future of educational technology looks further promising as the learner and the tutor both would be engaged simultaneously. Teaching in a classroom would be like a movie, lesson plans would be mounted on headsets and students would be encouraged to explore with their tutor. Imagine, biology being taught by immersive technique, wouldn't that be fun?
The power of engagement is indeed a gift of educational technology, and through its dynamic nature, it is certaintly capable of changing the way children learn in the classroom.
The second question, “What is the difference between educational technology and instructional technology?” The killer answer is from Ed Caruthers, Lifelong learner with 4k views.
The way the terms are usually used
Education technology is technology used to help with education. The education can be on any subject. See the Khan Academy which uses technology to help language arts education, music education.
Technology education is education in one or more technologies. Science, engineering and math are usually included within the more general technology to make STEM.
The third question, “what is technology in education?” The killer answer is from Bill Watson, studied at California with 288 views.
The best example for use of technology in education is Mentis. Mentis is an open enterprise system for higher education that organizes data, automates processes & transform academia management.
Given below are the reasons:
· Mentis has number of apps namely E-Learning Compliance (ELC), Profiles, Faculty Productivity, Community Service Learning, Grant Management, Conflict of Interest, Mentor and Track & Internal Competitions which are really very useful for Universities and Colleges.
· Profiles app provides platform to let faculty easily describe all their teaching, research and service activities. Furthermore, it makes these activities available online, for other faculty, students, industry and community partners, to easily search and find.
· E-Learning Compliance (ELC) app helps improve your compliance management. You can use ELC to track and stay on top of your professional licensure and state authorization compliance.
· Trusted by many universities and colleges in USA.
Find the snapshot of E-Learning Compliance (ELC) app in Mentis below: (pics found on weblink provided)
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The fourth question “What do you understand by education technology and educational technology?” The killer answer is from Michael Cenkner, Teaching in K-12 with 270 views.
Here’s my answer. We see it having at least seven distinct roles:
Integrating the educational technology expert in medical education: A role-based competency framework
MedEdPublish - Integrating the educational technology expert in medical education: A role-based competency framework.
After we published this paper, we decided that the roles should be thought of as applying to a team of ed tech people, not just all with one person. We are currently doing a follow-up study to see how much people agree with this concept. Hope this helps.
The fifth question is, “how is technology changing education?” The killer answer is from Joseph Gudino, Creative Marketing Writer with 10.6k views.
I would use three words to sum up how technology is changing education: faster, lighter, and deeper. I'll quickly describe what I mean by each.
Faster: Research and communication technologies are allowing for quicker transfer of data between institutions, teachers, and students. This is shortening the amount of time that is expected for people to turnaround assignments or finish research.
Lighter: With services like Google Docs students are having to rely less on what they bring to the table in terms of software and able to take advantage of free third party services. Electronic textbooks and paperless assignments/quizzes/tests have proved a successful alternatives to physical papers for students and educators looking to reduce their carrying load.
Deeper: Due to technological advances teachers have access to more content today that ever before. If they want to explore any particular topic, many are just as far way as a simple Google search and a YouTube video to bring it alive.
I did a great roundup recently of my favorite technologies for education. Here it is if you would like some more info: 8 Educational Technologies That Are Changing The Classroom
The killer answers are to be educational on what people are saying about educational technology. What is your killer answer to any of the educational technology questions? Answer by commenting on this blog post.
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