Old School Bus by Kahunapulej http://flickr.com/photos/kahunapulej/324000439/
As I mentioned in an earlier post, the Institute of Educational Technology where I work has recently been reviewed. I’m reasonably phlegmatic about the review, but one sentence in the review document rather raised my shackles, and it was:
"educational technology is now an almost obsolete term"
I didn’t know where the authors had got this view from. Admittedly, being a Professor of Educational Technology, and having a blog called The Ed Techie, I am not unbiased in this, and the thought of being ‘Professor of Obsolete Stuff’ was rather unsettling. My view was the opposite, rather that it was a term that had gained more currency recently as an umbrella term to describe the general interest in taking web/internet technologies and applying them to education. I know ed tech is more than this, but if I meet someone who says they are into educational technology nowadays, I don’t usually think they mean print. John Naughton tells the joke the joke that the only piece of educational technology known to work for sure is the school bus.
I digress, my view was that if it’s good enough for Scott Leslie, D’Arcy Norman and Jennifer Jones to use it to describe themselves, then it’s current enough for me. But I thought I’d check I wasn’t totally off-beam so I set up a Twitter poll, using PollDaddy, with the question ‘Is educational technology an obsolete term?’. I’m glad to say that at the last viewing, the Nos have it.