With the rise of globalization and new ideas constantly emerging, I often ask: Should technology replace teachers? What if every teacher in the world was able to watch videos and read text online? The answer is a resounding yes. If we look closely enough, it’s not just me who sees the value of the internet and its impact on the teaching profession.
Video is fast becoming the fastest and most efficient learning tool available for teachers. The key is to make it easy for students to learn from their computers, video games, or television. It would be impossible for teachers to make their jobs any easier if they had to spend their time sending videotapes to classrooms and then to find ways of presenting them to students. The more “hands-on” a teacher is with the videos, the better.
The new software is being developed all the time to make learning more efficient. This is a good thing, but some people think technology is too “immaterial” and doesn’t need to be replaced by human teachers. In other words, they argue that technology can’t replace the “heart” of education – students’ understanding and retention of knowledge. Some teachers also worry that technological innovations may make it easier for children to imitate bad behaviors.
Some people believe that technological advances are good for everyone. They say that teachers should embrace these developments and make technology work for them.
But what about technological breakthroughs that might hurt the teaching profession? Would we have fewer teachers if teachers who were born in the 1960s were allowed to use computers in their classrooms? Would there be fewer school nurses and bus drivers if we were to give kids iPads and laptop computers as their school supplies? The answer is no.
The key, then, is to determine the purpose of technological advances and how they will be best used by schools and communities. If teachers see their role as helping students learn from videos, books, and other sources, then technology isn’t necessarily a problem.
Still, innovations like tablets, computers, and laptops, though beneficial, have their drawbacks. take up too much space, can be a distraction to students, and can cause frustration and unhappiness in classrooms. These drawbacks aren’t necessarily outweighed by the benefits of a more modern, hands-on approach. We must decide which of today’s innovations we prefer for our classrooms.
For many educators, the traditional classroom is too boring and impersonal. A more interactive approach allows students to “speak up,” interact with one another, interact with the teacher, and even work together to complete assignments.
Technology makes it possible for students to communicate in the same way as adults do. Teachers can read and hear student responses more easily and students can use text messages to interact with their classmates. Technology allows for more personal interaction between students and teachers, which makes teachers more involved in the process of educating their students.
There are many technological innovations out there that are good for the classroom. They’re even good for the individual child who might benefit from them. If parents want to make educational improvements in their child’s life, it’s important to consider all the options. When it comes to technology and the teaching profession, however, there are plenty of questions to ask: Will the equipment be useful in a rural community or at a charter school, for example?
If teachers are concerned that some innovations might cause problems in their classrooms, they should ask their school systems about what types of technology they use. A lot of systems have started to offer a technology-friendly curriculum, including social media tools, music, video games, and the ability to interact with the student body and teachers via email and chat rooms. Some districts provide students with tablets, which are great resources for keeping track of homework and other assignments.
Some traditional teachers are opposed to technological innovations because they fear that their “heart” is being damaged. If that’s true, then they should take some time to evaluate what they want from their profession. Some are probably concerned about technological advances that might make it harder for them to teach.