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Any review of the literature on educational technology reveals that defining the term educational technology is not an easy task. Volumes have been written addressing each term—education-(al) and technology—from many different perspectives. Although it is beyond the scope of this entry to provide an all-encompassing definition that can be used interchangeably across disciplines and perspectives, two points emerge from the scholarly research. Most notably, any definition of educational technology needs to be understood in relation to how the concept is situated in context and history. This entry seeks to define the term educational technology, discuss current debates on the topic, and provide direction for learning more about educational technology.

Educational Technology Defined

Any item, mechanism, system, electronic device, or combination of hardware and software that is designed ...

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