Whilst an increase in Technology Demonstration activities with TTCP Group activities is a laudable objective, in order for this action to be executed, clear definitions of the scope and intent of Technology Demonstration within the context of TTCP is required. It can be seen from the individual summaries of the four nations outline definitions of Technology Demonstration/Demonstrators – unfortunately no data on a comparable initiative has been received from New Zealand – that there are both common objectives but also certain differences between the nations.
The Journal of Interactive Learning Research published by the association for the Advancement of Computing in Education included on March 2006 the following enumeration of interactive learning environments that gives an idea on the technical scope of the field.
Technology is therefore both a tool and a catalyzer and it can become a medium through which change can happen. On can argue that the Baumgartner and Kalz typology does a good job in relating learning to teaching to technology. Theories of technology often attempt to predict the future of technology based on the high technology and science of the time.
These include primates such as chimpanzees , some dolphin communities, 59 60 and crows 61 62 Considering a more generic perspective of technology as ethology of active environmental conditioning and control, we can also refer to animal examples such as beavers and their dams, or bees and their honeycombs.
If educational technology is concerned with thinking carefully about teaching and learning, then a computer has a contribution to make irrespective of its use as a means of implementation, for the design of computer-based learning environments gives us a new perspective on the nature of teaching and learning and indeed on general educational objectives.