EFFECTIVE USE OF TECHNOLOGY IN THE CLASSROOM
RIZA C. AGUSPIT, Ph. D.
Technology has transformed all aspects of our life including education. Undoubtedly, it has transformed the present generation of students to become more engaged, and interactive in the classroom.
Considering its major role in the learning process, educators must be properly oriented on how to harness its maximum effective use.
As a learning tool, technology can work both ways. It can either contribute positively in the learning process or become a distraction to students. As teachers, we should be discerning enough to detect if its advantageous or disadvantageous to the learning process.
The 21st century educator should be a constructivist, one who would act more as a facilitator than a teacher to his/ her students. Accordingly, he should use technology to lead his students to think independently, explore, manipulate and process information by themselves while collaborating with each ot her.
As far as effective use of technology is concerned, what is more relevant is not what equipment is used but how it is used. If with the use of technology as a tool, the teacher is able to discover and do something new that will attract students’attention and move them to explore by themselves, then he/ she has achieved something.
According to research, here are some added tips in getting started with the use of technology in the classroom: First, there must be advance planning. We should determine if the technology will aid student learning and how it will be used. If it doesn’t aid learning, then we should discard it.
Second, know what equipment are best for our purpose. The latest fad products such as tablets may not be as good as the laptops they intend to replace.
Third, brush up on your ICT skills. Consult with your ICT department on how to do it. Fourth, be persistent and don’t give up easily. Discover what’s best for your students, if the present doesn’t work, then try others. Lastly, focus on how technology can best help student’s learning not hinder it. — oOo—
The author is Teacher III at Aranguren Integrated School (Elementary Dept.) Capas, Tarlac