Educational Technology Philosophy
There are so many areas in education in which technology can fill important gaps. During my interview with a neuroscience professor on her instructional design, we discussed the usefulness of the myriad of programs being developed to create better visuals for molecular activity in ways that a simple static diagram could not. Technology allows education to be more dynamic, any one thing can now be taught with lectures, videos, activities (both interactive and not), projects, and discussions. While all of these components may not be applicable for every instructional goal, each one has the capacity to present information in a different light, and at the intersection of these lights a learner can find nuanced understanding. Providing students with a variety of ways to understand information allows them to make important connections that may not be found otherwise. I don’t believe technology can or should replace traditional instructional methods, instead I believe technology has the capability to add layers to instruction that allow for a deeper understanding.
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