The art of teaching has several skills attached to it. These are not skills that we gain over night, but teachers have to develop these skills through extensive practice and analysis of the 21st century learner. In light of this the words of (Prensky, 2001) are holding true that “Our students have changed radically. Today’s students are no longer the people our educational system was designed to teach.” As I willingly accepted the opportunity to explore educational technology, my darkened state was lit as it was brought to my attention how technology savvy the 21st century learners are. As a result the educators have to keep in tuned to effectively teach the students we have today. The educational technology course has really helped me to get an understanding of what digital literacy really is and adjustments that teachers will have to make in order to effectively teach the 21st century students. Adjustments which include the implementation of electronic books dispensing students work via social Medias and itunes and including simulations in the teaching learning process. Therefore, new strategies and stringent policies have to be implemented in ordered to satisfy the needs of the learners. The course has lend me to understand that the technological advancement of the 21st century learner has a positive implication for the teaching and learning process while the changes in behavior has resulted in rigid policies being implemented to curtail the behavior of the students. This has lead teachers to join the educational revolution that is taking place in our environment.
The Educational Technology course has shed some needed light on the National Educational Technology Standards for Students (NETS•S) which encourages effective teachers to model and apply the use of technology as they design, implement, and assess learning experiences to engage students and improve learning; enrich professional practice; and provide positive models for students, colleagues, and the community. These standards have moved us in the direction of the educational revolution which propels us to expose our students to as much technology as possible, using technology in creating Virtual classrooms, epistemic games, simulators and global learning software which will stimulate our students and make them actively involved in the teaching learning process.
ADDIE and ASSURE
Educational technology has brought to the fore the application of the ADDIE and ASSURE models for lesson planning. With learning being primarily student centered, the ASSURE model stresses the analysis of the learner, clearly stating the objectives, selection of the material, media, and methods, the utilization of the media and materials requisition of the learners attention and proper evaluation. In light of that, technology integration continues to increase in our society; therefore it is vital that teachers hone their skills which will equip them to become digital age professionals. Therefore as we went through the process of learning educational technology, which improves the skills necessary to portray the behaviors of a digital age professional. This was done through the application of the ADDIE and ASSURE model of lesson planning, while engaging students in the lesson with interactive videos, webQuest, wiki, websites, along with others technological tools that were introduced to us. Without hesitation it can be said that educational technology is the paradigm that the education system needs in order to effective mold the young educators.