Mak­ing the change

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EVER since com­ing into the pic­ture, tech­nol­ogy has not been only con­tribut­ing to our lives but chang­ing the way we live. Over the years, tech­nol­ogy has cre­ated count­less op­por­tu­ni­ties with end­less re­sources which have prac­ti­cally changed the way things are rolled.

With the rate tech­nol­ogy is evolv­ing it is time for ed­u­ca­tion to catch up with our tech­no­log­i­cally en­hanced so­ci­ety. Our dig­i­tal land­scape makes it im­per­a­tive for teach­ers do catch­ing up as the mo­ment we wink there is an­other tech­no­log­i­cal ad­vance­ment. Ed­u­ca­tion now needs to stop liv­ing in the past and drive the fu­ture.

Stu­dents de­serve a rel­e­vant, mod­ern, cus­tom­ized ed­u­ca­tion that helps them ac­quire 21st cen­tury skills. Tech­nol­ogy can help our stu­dents bet­ter pre­pare for the fu­ture, and keep pre­par­ing—since learn­ing will in­creas­ingly need to be con­tin­u­ous as the stun­ning pace of tech­nol­ogy change fur­ther ac­cel­er­ates. It can em­power stu­dents in de­vel­op­ing coun­tries such as ours by giv­ing stu­dents qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion and life­long learn­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties that are the needs in the fu­ture work­place.

Em­ploy­ers na­tion­wide lament a mas­sive skills gap and teach­ers are in the fore­front of the task to fill the gap. The hun­dred year old ap­proach in teach­ing that sees stu­dents with vary­ing lev­els of abil­ity seated while lis­ten­ing be­fore a “sage on the stage” no longer seem to work well enough.Tech­nol­ogy may be the sil­ver bul­let to en­hance the ma­te­rial and the way we teach. It is high time teach­ers change their role from con­tent pur­vey­ors to work­ing through the con­cep­tual and other block­ages that in­hibit good learn­ing. Teach­ers can use tech­nol­ogy as an op­por­tu­nity to re­shape and im­prove the pro­fes­sion. It is time to stop do­ing things be­cause that is how they have al­ways been done.

In­deed learn­ing new tech­nol­ogy would mean chang­ing longheld prac­tices like chang­ing a course to in­cor­po­rate new method­olo­gies, me­dia, and com­mu­ni­ca­tion strate­gies. It may be in­tim­i­dat­ing and daunt­ing to teach­ers be­cause they feel like they are start­ing over. But teach­ing shaped around tech­nol­ogy is viewed to stim­u­late crit­i­cal thinking in stu­dents and teach­ers; rea­son why teach­ers are now in­structed to em­bark on the chal­lenge of delv­ing deeper into new tech­nolo­gies or rot.

In con­clu­sion, the switch to dig­i­tal class­rooms can be a learn­ing process for ed­u­ca­tors. It can be a lit­tle over­whelm­ing for veter­ans teach­ers to learn how to use com­put­ers and tablets in the class­room that is, at times, al­ready fa­mil­iar to their stu­dents. This maybe so but still ed­u­ca­tion should be at the fore­front of re­search and in­no­va­tion. If we ex­pect the very best from our stu­dents, we put them in a sys­tem that is not far from it. Juliet RivesMa­maril

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