Technology And The International Society Of Technology

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Continual advancements in technology have resulted in recognition by many of the importance of ensuring that learners have the technological skills and knowledge to enable them to participate and be competitive in an increasingly digitalised society. In fact, transformative learning with technology is considered to be such a fundamental principle of effectuating effective pedagogy that the International Society of Technology in Education (ISTE) has made it a central focus for teachers to use their knowledge of ‘technology to facilitate experiences that advance student learning…in both face-to-face and virtual environments’ (International Society of Technology in Education, 2014, as cited in Maloy, Verock-O’Loughlin, Edwards & Woolf, 2015, p. 357). However, despite this, the value of technology in learning remains a prevailing topic of debate amongst parents, educators and even students. This paper discusses the advantages and limitations of technology as a learning tool by drawing and reflecting upon an experience wherein it was assimilated into curriculum. In this paper, pedagogy refers to ‘the art and science of educating children…in order to foster good learning outcomes’ (Teaching Australia, 2008, as cited in Marsh, Clark & Pittaway, 2015a, p. 1), while teaching/learning approaches refers to the ‘general principles, pedagogy and management strategies used for classroom instruction’ (Learning styles: All students are created equally (and differently),
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