TECHNOLOGY AND TEACHING: HOW THE INTERNET OPENED OPPORTUNITIES FOR EDUCATION
SHIRLEY G. JULIAN
Just a decade ago, the path to become a teacher was very narrow. You take up a degree in education, apply to be a school teacher, and conduct your classes with readings and manila paper visual aids in tow.
But these days, teachers have access to more sophisticated tools that can break the monotony of everyday lectures and facilitate the learning experience in different ways. In the modern age, teaching is no longer limited to the physical classroom
Adapting to any learning curve
Any experienced teacher can tell you that no two people learn the same way. There are visual learners, auditory learners, read-write learners, and kinesthetic learners. And because all these types of learners are mixed in one classroom, teachers need to be able to find ways to accommodate these disparities.
Through aids such as projectors and presentation software, teachers can now make learning a multi-sensory experience through the use of photographs, diagrams, videos, and sound files. This not only diversifies the learning experience for learners, especially those with short attention spans, but it also keeps them on their toes.
Technology also makes access to learning tools easier. Teachers can make use of course management tools like Canvas to upload and organize resources such as syllabi, assignments, or readings. Teachers can even choose to share their presentations or record their lectures. While this might seem a little generous on the teacher’s part, studies show that sharing recorded lectures doesn’t negatively affect attendance. Learners appreciate the opportunity to review lectures at their own pace.
The author is Teacher II at Northville Elementary School