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ERIC Number: EJ1175682
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Apr
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-2379-4690
Defining Technology for Learning: Cognitive and Physical Tools of Inquiry
Warner, Connor K.; Bell, Clare V.; Odom, Arthur Louis
Middle Grades Review, v4 n1 Article 2 Apr 2018
This essay explores definitions of technology and educational technology. The authors argue the following points: 1. Educational stakeholders, and the public at large, use the term technology as though it has a universally agreed upon definition. It does not, and how technology is defined matters. 2. For technology in schools to support student learning, it must to be defined in a way that describes technology as a tool for problem-solving. 3. Integration of technology, particularly when paired with teacher-centered practices, has the potential of reinforcing and heightening the negative consequences of a conception of learning that positions students as recipients of knowledge instead constructors of knowledge. This article concludes with a call for leaders in the field of educational technology to provide guidance by adopting a definition that encapsulates the third point above.
University of Vermont - Middle Grades Review. Waterman Hall, Burlington, VT 05405. Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Middle Schools
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Language: English
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