Today, more than ever, the role of educational technologies is of great importance and it is becoming the commonplace in the area of education to harness the interest of students and add value to the learning objectives.
Technology integration for digital literacy and the 21st century skills of critical thinking and problem solving, collaboration and communication and information literacy have become increasingly important. By using technology, these skills can be imparted to the learners. However, to do this effectively, pedagogical models need to be used.
Some of the main guiding pedagogies employed by EdTech are TPACK and SAMR models. The TPACK – Technological, Pedagogical and Content Knowledge – is about designing lessons incorporating technology to support the arranged content through a pedagogically supported approach (Figure 1). The SAMR model (Figure 2) on the other hand facilitates the practical aspect and scales the various levels of use of educational technologies into four broad levels so that educators can know the level of their technology integration in the lesson (Substitution, Augmentation, Modification and Redefinition) and how they can further elevate the activity.
The EdTech Team is focused on the application and study of educational technologies and how it enhances skills and cognitive characteristics in both educators and learners. The team thus pilots and leads initiatives with educational technologies such as studying users’ perceptions on uses of iPads in the das classrooms, the impact of Mimio Teach Smart Bars on educators and dyslexic learners, and the formative approach to the digitalisation of the Curriculum-Based Assessments.
EdTech in das is at its beginning stages but the bigger plans are on the way to ensure that not only traditional learning methods are modernized but also that the use of educational technologies is purposeful to student-oriented learning.