I expect this first pass at a definition to change with the input of my peers.
I remember in my second year (2008-2009) of teaching, our principal kept talking about utilizing and teaching 21st century skills and knowledge. Based on those discussions, and before taking any classes at Boise State, my definition of Ed Tech was the use of computers/technology in school to access education, and build a working knowledge of the topic being studied. My principal really started me thinking, and it was through his encouragement that I decided to pursue the MET. As a result, my initial ideas have evolved.
“Ed Tech is the use of technology including, but not limited to computers, smart phones, tablets, computers, smartboards, graphing calculators, etc to both access the curriculum, and create knowledge by working with peers and instructor to build knowledge by using the technology to read, interact with learning materials and people and create educational items to show evidence of learning. Educational Technology not only includes the use of technology for learning, but also the systematic study of how using technology can enhance learning, as well as the process of designing instruction systematically with technology.”
It is important to note that the technology itself changes over time, but the discipline works with the changes to help create meaningful learning.
Revised Definition based on feedback…
My updated definition…
Educational Technology is the systematic use of technology as it pertains to planning for and implementing of curriculum, and the ongoing study of how to use technology as it relates to education.
Much more concise, this time. I am trying convey that it is the use and planning as well as study of how it pertains to learning.