Friday, October 14, 2011

Technology vs Learning Technology

According to Dictionary.com the term technology means the following:
The branch of knowledge that deals with the creation and use of technical means and their interrelation with life, society, and the environment, drawing upon such subjects as industrial arts, engineering, applied science, and pure science.
Source: http://dictionary.reference.com/

Definition of Learning Technology:
Learning technology is the broad range of communication, information and related technologies that can be used to support learning, teaching, and assessment.
Source: http://www.alt.ac.uk/about-alt/what-learning-technology

My view:
I like both these definitions, however, I'd like to elaborate on the two. I think technology is something that can makes the society's life easier, more efficient, etc. Essentially any efficiencies that come about in an individuals' lifestyle is generally made by technology. Technology doesn't have to be an object, it can be a concept, idea, etc.

Learning technology on the other hand is, as per the definition from the "Association of Learning Technology" will support teaching and learning. I would like to add that just because a technology is not designed to be a learning technology, doesn't mean that it cannot function to serve the purposes of teaching and learning. For example, lets take a look at some of the software out there that are used world wide, i.e., adobe photoshop. This product can be used for the purposes of Marketing, Art, Designing Brochures, etc. However, it is also an important tool in assisting in creating eLearning pieces.

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