The term technology is used to refer to both physical tools, such as computers, and practical applications of knowledge, such as methods. Educational technology can then be defined as research, learning theories, and tools used to solve instructional and performance problems in the field of education and in the learning process in particular. It can also be viewed as a systematic integration of materials, communication, and psychology of learning. The technologies typically employed include those also used in mass media, such as radio, books, magazines, television screens, computers, audio systems, and the Internet. This entry discusses the components and evolution of educational technology, how educators have used mass media content in education, and how technology and social media are contributing to changes in education.

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