It is called Educative technology to the set of knowledge, applications and devices that allow the application of technological tools in the field of education . In other words: it is the solution of educational problems through the use of information technology .
Thanks to educational technology, teachers can plan the learning process and optimize the teaching task . This is possible thanks to the use of technical resources, such as computer (computers), televisions , etc.
Although there are still teachers who believe that the so-called “traditional methods” are still valid and valuable when it comes to teaching students, there are others who are completely in favor of the use of educational technology. The latter consider that the use of computers, Internet, mobile phones, tablets or digital whiteboards, for example, brings with it a long list of advantages, such as the following:
-It is a way for education to adapt completely to the present, that is consistent with the technological era that we have had to live.
-It allows teachers to have at their disposal a long list of resources and tools on which to support their explanation of the subject.
-Give students the opportunity to understand much better the content about the class, since everything is more visual and interactive.
-It also becomes a great way for children to delve into the themes and even reinforce them thanks to online games, treasure searches, blogs ...
For all these advantages and many more, it is because from the UN itself (United Nations Organization) it is encouraged, supported and encouraged not only to bet on new forms of education but, above all, to perfectly integrate technology in the field educational.
Educational technology is not new: it has been applied in schools and educational centers in general for several decades. When a teacher projects a documentary or uses a screen to display presentations before his students, he is taking advantage of educational technology. The method was enhanced, however, from the rise of the computing and of digital world .
The mode of implementation of educational technology also changed over the years. At first, the institutions used to have a laboratory, classroom or cabinet specialized in computer science , with computers and other technological equipment. Then the computers turned laptops and began to integrate into the daily use rooms. Currently, educational technology even enters students' homes through Internet .
We can find the use of educational technology at different stages of the process of education . Suppose a teacher shows an educational film in the classroom. Then give a DVD to each student with more information. The educator finally asks students to do practical work on what they have seen, which they must publish on a website. All these activities can be developed thanks to the application of educational technology.
Currently within the teaching sector there are many proposals, workshops, classes and educational forums that revolve around educational technology, as would be the case of "RELATEC", which is the "Latin American Journal of Educational Technology."