A Sample Book Review by Jo Fitch.

The Book Title : Educational Technology 2 (Selection, Production and Utilization of Appropriate Technology Tools for Instruction Author Type of book Publisher First copyright date General Subject Matter Theme Thesis : Paz L. Lucido, Ph.D. : Textbook : Lorimar Publishing, Inc. : 2007 : Technology in Education : How to make use of information technology in education : The computer and its multi or hypermedia capabilities must be used not simply for direct instructions, but for integration into the curricula. Integration is the present challenge and given this

situation the Educational Technology 2 textbook has significance. ISBN Price : 971-685-685-9 : PhP204

The Author Paz I. Lucido, Ph.D. is considered an expert in the teaching profession. She is the president of the Philippine Association for Teacher Education from 2006-2008. She sits at the Teacher education Council as a Zonal representative for Luzon. She served as a member of the Technical Panel for Teacher Education and chairman of the Committee on Graduate Teacher Education. She was once the chairperson of the NCR Council of Deans of Colleges of

Education and the first representative from the academe in the Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Council of the Professional Regulation Commission. She is presently the

head of the Centro Escolar University, Multimedia Instructional Assistance Department.

Dr. Lucido earned her Doctor of Philosophy in education major in Curriculum and Supervision from Centro Escolar University, her MA in Education and Bachelor of Science in Education

major in History from the University of Sto. Tomas. She was a recipient of FAPE Scholarship Grant for a Certificate in Educational Technology at the University of the Philippines.

Her continuing professional education includes book authorship on Educational Technology, writing modules and articles, presentation of papers, and lectures on various topics in education most especially on Instructional Technology and Educational Technology.

She is a recipient of several awards such as Outstanding Award in the field of Educational Technology Management given by the University of Sto. Tomas.

Her professional background attests to her authority in coming up with a manual guide such as this book.

Background and Rationale This book is the second course in Educational Technology, a course concerned with integrating technology into teaching and learning. It was written to help the would-be teacher become familiar, knowledgeable and skilled at the proper application of educational technology. This book, according to the author, “aims to align teacher education with the CHED-prescribed new teacher education curriculum that is reflective of the National Competency-Based Teacher Standards with the end in view of contributing to the formation of the ideal professional teacher as concretely described in the seven integrated domains of the teaching and learning process. The activities or exercises at the end of every lesson were intended not only for drill and evaluative purposes but also for purposes of advocacy for current trends in education such as reflective education, multiple intelligences, multicultural education, interactive and brain-based teaching, authentic assessment and of bridging the gap between theory and practice.”

The Intended Audience The teacher and the classroom are the beneficiaries of educational technology. Educational technology equips the teacher with tools to become more effective and efficient in her task. This book will make him/her discover the wonders of educational technology from lesson preparation to execution of lesson plans to assessment of learning. The teacher will likewise see the difference it will make in the attentiveness, interest, enthusiasm, and participation of her

students. Educational technology is an extension of the teacher, she being the first audio-visual aid in the classroom. It is not and never will it be a substitute for the good and the great teacher.

Content Development This is the author’s second book on educational Technology. The first, Educational Technology 1 was a collaborative work with Dr. Brenda B. Corpuz. Comparatively speaking, though this second part appears to be simpler, it is too simplified for a topic as information technology. It assumes that the target audience is adeptly literate in IT. It seems to sidestep the reality of technophobic teachers. In Educational Technology 1, the writing style was very modular and very friendly. The format may appear complicated because of the 10 features, i.e., A Quotation beneath the Title, Focus Questions, Introduction, Activity, Analysis, Abstraction, Application, Summing Up, Making The Connection, and a Personal Postscript at the end. In contrast, the format of Educational Technology 2 is reduced to 3 parts: Introductory Statements, Self-Help Questions, Discussion, some Enrichment Activity. Comprehensive is sometimes clearer, while Simple can become too Minimalist and Empty. While Educational Technology 1made use of descriptive symbols like graphs, tables, figures and graphics, Educational Technology 2 barely used illustrative materials to add more color into the subject matter being discussed.

For a textbook that deals with IT, it is very odd that there are no links provided for resources in the internet. A presentation of Dr. Bonk’s The World is Open would have been very helpful in the formulation of this book.

In actuality, our 8 modules in EDDE 203 would have been perfect for what this book wanted to accomplish. I find this book wanting in what it wants to accomplish. No, I would have second thoughts recommending this book to anyone.

My Personal Stake I have a personal agenda in choosing the book over others in educational technology. With all the readings and resources provided for in our own course module, I was more interested on how the concept of educational technology has been approached, used and put into practice. I have always been interested in coming up with alternative instructional materials especially those that use imaginative and thought provoking means to induce enthusiasm and increase the drive for learning in students. With IT, imagination is the limit. So that it was a grab for me

when I saw this book. In reality, I would like to come up with a book of my own on Educational Technology. I would actually improve on this one, utilize more online resources and make a digital version if it even. The Bibliography The author made use of secondary sources as references. All ten of them are printed materials. She used these resources as benchmarks in the formulation of her textbook. All of them are

about the integration of Information Technology in Teaching and Learning. I wonder why she does not have resources from the internet. Perhaps she did some surfing but did not make use any of them so she didn’t list them as resources. The publication of these resources date back to as early as 1981, the latest, being the year 2000. Even the bibliography itself tells me that it is very odd for an IT-related book not to have included online sources. //jofitch.

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