Education, nowadays, is technology-oriented. Teacher-driven curriculum is changed to multi-disciplinary experts developing course materials, programmers and graphic designers, working together, design modularised learning environment that offers alternative pedagogy to suit different levels of learners.
There is ample scope for learners to go beyond and explore more resources. Educational trends are changing rapidly. Online education is widely preferred and it is the order of the day. Schools are also geared up to re-design the required infrastructure to create a new learning environment. In the new setup, learning is explorative, investigative, enjoyable and full of fun!
The Internet provides resources – a massive library of lessons, activities, guidelines and suggestions. Teachers need to adopt the available resources appropriately for classroom teaching. They can share activities, projects, videos, presentations, etc. from the computer through LCD Projector.
The Document Camera can take a ‘screenshot’ of a document for multiple uses. Teachers can create lessons with the Smart Board – Math, Computer and Science teachers can transpose matrices, diagrams, charts and templates. An English teacher can assign students to act out a scene from a play and then record the scene to playback for critical analysis on various aspects of that scene and discuss characterisation. Thus, the invasion of technology has revolutionised the teaching and learning process.
Online teaching is a credible option as:
- Teachers can share ideas and resources online.
- Students develop research skills.
- Access to an expanse of information.
- Enables students to watch lecture videos as homework.
- Better understanding of the subject.
- Handy for presenting ideas.
All this calls for upskilling of teachers and they are required to be trained to integrate technology for effective classroom teaching. It is no longer technology-enhanced learning, but rather integrating technology to enhance teaching and learning! However, the essence of learning remains in the hands of the teacher.
(This is a slightly modified version of an article originally published in Telangana Today. The original article can be found at https://telanganatoday.com/upskill-teachers-to-integrate-technology)