TECH­NOL­OGY AND TEACH­ING: HOW THE IN­TER­NET OPENED OP­POR­TU­NI­TIES FOR ED­U­CA­TION

Sun.Star Pampanga - - PERSPECTIVE! -

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.

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The au­thor is Teacher II at Northville El­e­men­tary School

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