Written by Eva Yeung, BSD Education
As educators, we want to bring the most relevant and engaging learning experience to our students to ensure they are prepared for the future. One effective way to do this is to bring on “meaningful technology activities” into the classroom, but what does this mean? Where do you start?
First of all, let’s debunk the differences between Education Technology (ed-tech) versus Technology Education (tech-ed).
In the ed-tech community, educators encourage the use of technology to enhance the process of learning of the current school curriculum – Science, Mathematics, Languages, for example, using search engines to conduct research or writing using Google Docs. Through edtech, students use appropriate technology tools to more effectively, efficiently or engagingly do a traditional classroom activity. Whilst bringing in technology to enhance traditional learning, in many classrooms teachers are not yet evolving the “what” students are learning. This is an integral piece for preparing our students to create their own tools rather than becoming consumers. On the other hand, technology education (tech-ed) is the focus on learning how technology works. This encompasses coding and programming, innovation through technology, and computer science. Technology education learning will likely be covered in your school’s coding elective, or technology class. However, we still find the absence of a real-world connection and authenticity in classroom technology projects.
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From p.165 of the K-12 Computer Science Framework (US) by the K-12 Computer Science Framework Steering Committee.