The definition of the field of educational technology has changed over the years and still varies among professionals and organizations. According to the Association for Educational Communications and Technology, “educational technology is the study and ethical practice of facilitating learning and improving performance by creating, using, and managing appropriate technological processes and resources” (Januzewski & Molenda, 2008).
Teacher candidates must be prepared to use current educational technologies in the classroom to improve teaching and learning.
“If we teach today as we taught yesterday, we rob our children of tomorrow” (Dewey, 1944).
The resources in this toolkit were compiled to help educators learn more about educational technology topics. The COE Technology Resource Library also has many resources on technology for educators including information on instructional equipment, tutorials on technology concepts, educational web tools, and NBC Learn: https://ecampus.phoenix.edu/secure/aapd/COE/TRL/index.html
Dewey, J. (1944). Democracy and education. New York, NY: Macmillan Company.
Januzewski, A. & Molenda, M. (Eds.) (2008). Educational technology: A definition with commentary. New York, NY: Taylor & Francis Group, LLC
The following are recommended online resources for information on educational technology. This is not meant to be an exhaustive list, but rather a starting point for exploring the topic. Also, see the section on building a learning network for recommended Twitter® followers and hashtags.
- EduBlog Awards Nominations, list of various categories of blogs (http://edublogawards.com/)
- 2 Cents Worth, Host: David Warlick (http://davidwarlick.com/2cents/)
- Blue Skunk Blog, Host: Doug Johnson (http://doug-johnson.squarespace.com/)
- Free Technology for Teachers, Host: Richard Byrne (http://www.freetech4teachers.com/)
- The Innovative Educator, Host: Lisa Nielsen (http://theinnovativeeducator.blogspot.com/)
- Kathy Schrock’s Kaffeeklatsch, Host: Kathy Schrock (http://blog.kathyschrock.net/)
- Moving at the Speed of Creativity, Host: Wesley Fryer (http://www.speedofcreativity.org/)
- Tech Tip of the Week, Host: Tammy Worcester (http://www.tammyworcester.com/TipOfWeek/TammyWTechTipOfWeek/Tech_Tip_of_Week_Tammy_Worcester.html)
- Read. Write. Connect. Learn., Host: Will Richardson (http://willrichardson.com/)
- Emerging EdTech, Host: Kelly Walsh (http://www.emergingedtech.com/)
The following are recommended books and authors on educational technology. This is not meant to be an exhaustive list, but rather a starting point for exploring the topic. Many texts on the topic can be found in the University Library eBook Collection: https://ecampus.phoenix.edu/content/eBookLibrary2/content/BrowseResults.aspx?CategoryId=2|37&CategoryName=Education > Educational Technology
- Bender, W. N. & Waller, L. B. (2014). Cool tech tools for lower tech teachers: 20 tactics for every classroom. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin.
- Bellanca, J. A. (Ed.), & Brandt, R. (Ed.). (2010). 21st century skills. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.
- Boss, S. (2012). Bringing innovation to school. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.
- Covili, J. J. (2012). Going Google: Powerful tools for 21st century learning. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin.
- Dembo, S., & Bellow, A. (2013). Untangling the Web: 20 tools to power up your teaching. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin
- Ferriter, W. M., Ramsden, J. T., & Sheninger, E. C. (2011). Communicating & connecting with social media. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.
- Ferriter, W. M., & Garry, A. (2010). Teaching the igeneration. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press
- Frey, N., Fisher, D., & Gonzalez, A. (2010). Literacy 2.0. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.
- Graham, J. G. (2013). Google apps meets common core. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publishers.
- Hobbs, R. (2010). Copyright clarity: How fair use supports digital learning. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
- Jukes, I., McCain, T., & Crockett, L. (2010). Understanding the digital generation: Teaching and learning in the new digital landscape. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
- Kay, K. (2011). 21st century readiness for every student. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press. http://www.solution-tree.com/21st-century-readiness-for-every-student.html
- Kist, W. (2012). The global school. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press
- November, A. (2010). Empowering students with technology (2nd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
- November, A. (2008). Web literacy for educators. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin.
- November, A. (2012). Who owns the learning? Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press
- Nussbaum-Beach, S., & Ritter Hall, L. (2011). The connected educator. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press
- Ormiston, M. (2010). Creating a digital-rich classroom. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.
- Porterfield, K., & Carnes, M. (2012). Why social media matters. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press
- Prensky, M. (2012). From digital natives to digital wisdom: Hopeful essays for 21st century learning. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin.
- Prensky, M. (2010). Teaching digital natives: Partnership for real learning. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin.
- Richardson, W. (2011). 21st century learning in a networked world. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press. http://www.solution-tree.com/21st-century-learning-in-a-networked-world.html
- Richardson, W. (2010). Blogs, wikis, podcasts, and other powerful Web tools for classrooms (3rd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
- Richardson, W. (2011). Learning on the blog: Collected posts for educators and parents. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
- Richardson, W., & Mancabelli, R. (2011). Personal learning networks. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press
- Rogers, K. D. (2011). Mobile learning devices. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.
- Willard, N. (2012). Cyber savvy: Embracing digital safety and civility. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin.
- Alan November
- Mark Prensky
- Will Richardson