As various methods of delivering education arise, so do the fields of study that support them. Since the emergence of virtual learning, many have found themselves to be technology administrators in one way or another. Those who want further delve into study of technology in education often find themselves making a choice between Educational Technology and Instructional Technology. Frequently, these terms are used interchangeably. Yet, these are two very distinct area technology integration in education.
Educational Technology uses educational theory and pedagogy to determine the best forms of technology and modes of delivery to integrate into instruction. Among many things, Educational Technologists use technology to:
- Enhance instructional planning
- Engage learners by making abstracts concepts concrete.
- Use technology to address varying types of intelligences and learning styles
In terms of technology integration into education, Instructional Technology focuses more on the technical aspects. Instructional technologists:
- Manages technology resources
- implements technology
- Design instructional tools such as course ware
Although seemingly, the difference between these two areas are vast. To choose which avenue to pursue, one should consider which interests them more: Using technology to enhance cognitive processes in learning OR integrating technology to create various methods of delivering instruction and implementing instruction. To learn more about Educational Technology and Instructional Technology, visit:
International Society for Tecnology in EducatioN (ISTE)
Association for Education Communications and Technology (AECT)
Society for Information Technology and Teacher Educaton (SITE)
Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE)