Educational technology is the study and/or practice of the use of technology to facilitate learning. Educational technology can refer to the use of various techniques to reach students such as “application of senses, memory, and cognition” (Garrison & Anderson, 2003). These techniques may be administered through a variety of mediums. Educators study the theory behind educational technology in order to “ethic[ally]” apply these teaching techniques and achieve effective results in the classroom (Garrison & Anderson, 2003).
As a math teacher, I appreciate quantifying a definition. According to an article by Djordje KADIJEVICH and the ISTE (International Educational Technology Standards for Teachers and Students) there are 23 standards for teachers, divided into six broad categories. The teaching standards are: technology operations and concepts; planning and designing learning environments and experiences; teaching, learning, and curriculum; assessment and evaluation; productivity and professional practice; and social, ethical, legal, and human issues . The standards for students must also be linked to any definition of Educational Technology, these standards have 14 indicators, which are organized into the following six categories: basic operations and concepts; social, ethical, and human issues; technology productivity tools; technology communications tools; technology research tools; and technology problem-solving and decision-making tools. (Kadijevich, 2005)
D. Randy Garrison and Terry Anderson (2003). E-Learning in the 21st Century: A Framework for Research and Practice
E-Learning in the 21st Century: A Framework for Research and Practice. New York, NY: Routledge.
Kadijevich, Djordje (2005). FOUR CRITICAL ISSUES OF APPLYING EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY STANDARDS TO PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OF MATHEMATICS TEACHERS. Retrieved from http://www.math.uoc.gr/~ictm2/Proceedings/pap196.pdf