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Defining Instructional/Educational Technology

What is educational technology?

Teaching with tools of technology

Instructional Technology is the theory and practice of design, development, utilization, management, and evaluation of processes and resources for learning.

Educational technology is the application of research, learning theory, emergent technologies, and child and adult psychology to solving instructional and performance problems.
The Presidential Commission on Instructional Technology highlighted four areas in which educational technologists perform:

bullet     design of instruction,
bullet     production of instructional products and services,
bullet     management of instruction, and
bullet     evaluation of instruction

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With Instructional technology being expressed as having more emphasis on the scientific and systems approach of instructional problem solving.

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