Using technology in class, not just having technology in class
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Original versionEDULEARN proceedings. 2017, 7784-7789. 10.21125/edulearn.2017.0416
NTNU (Norwegian University of Science and Technology) has been involved in development of educational technology to use in class since 2005. During these years NTNU has developed five different software to use as tools in class, as well as designing new digital learning environments, both online and on campus. Lecturers at NTNU also use tools and software available online, all in order to increase the students’ academic performance. The last couple of years this has initiated a discussion about in what way technology affects students learning. During the same time span NTNU has developed suitable methodology for using educational technology to enhance learning in all subjects. The focus has shifted during the last couple of years, both nationally and in Europe, towards how technology can be used instead of just insisting on that technology should be used in classrooms. Through response technology, blended learning and MOOCs the learning environments are changing all over the world. New technology provides opportunities that is unique in the history of education. Many teachers are innovative and gets involved in all new trends, others are more hesitant, claiming that conservative methods still gives the best results. Both groups have solid arguments for their stands, and the article will investigate both approaches. In this article we will outline the results and inventions from NTNU, as well as presenting how technology could be used to increase academic performance. The main focus will be on computer assisted language learning (CALL), and the article will aim at concluding that without methodology technology is just technology. In order to see any effects, you need to use Educational Technology with a purpose.