12 Sep 2018

TECHNOLOGY: A WINDOW FOR TEACHERS TO KNOW WHAT’S WORKING

An online lecture or presentation of teaching material published on the Net fully or partially (as a summary), becomes accessible to many learners. one may say that the Internet facilitates the “increase” in learning, i.e., on the one side to increase its “quantity”, and to improve its quality (if used in conformity  with the teaching goals and objectives).

It appears that technology use varies greatly from school to school. In some schools, technology use among teachers is almost 100 percent while its zero in others; Therefore, schools with high technology use are always encouraging their teachers to use technology — for instruction, classroom and task management.

Web applications enable teachers to conduct teaching in such a manner and with such technologies, which for the contemporary generation of students present an integral part of their life style.

Advances in information technology have transformed how people communicate and learn in nearly every aspect of modern life except for education. The education system operates under the old needs of school environment. The short school days and the break were meant to allow children to work on family farms. Schools have an enduring industrial mentality placing students in random groups based on their age regardless of their competencies.

However, schools must use technology that empowers teachers because teachers rightly reject education technologies that divert their attention from instruction, therefore, best education technologies enable teachers to do more with fewer resources. Teacher-empowering technologies include mobile apps that grade written student work and provide lesson plan databases. School systems need to aggressively track what works for their teachers and put all other unworkable technologies aside.

Technology has made it such that, in the not-too-distant future, nearly all academic content will be available online, for free, on any device. Not only that, but unlimited online guided practice and feedback will free students from the limits of textbooks, and free teachers from the drudgery of writing and grading problem sets.

Providing Space for Social and Emotional Learning

Beyond academic content, there is an increasing recognition that students need a broader set of social and emotional skills to succeed in life, like metacognition, critical thinking, persistence, and self-regulation. But because teachers today have to spend so much time on content delivery, assessment, and classroom management, there isn’t much time to coach and guide students to build these critical skills. Technology can help to address this in two ways.

It’s A Window for Teachers to Know What’s Working

Teachers can use technology-based assessments to inform their instruction. These assessments can quickly produce data and surface patterns that help teachers identify where students are faltering and intervene with targeted coaching immediately, before the student falls too far behind. Teachers can also use this information to revise their lessons plans and approaches.

 

Article by: Busayo Tomoh

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