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Tech Task # 3, Why Schools?

on May 17, 2013

After attending the session with Will Richardson, there are so many things going in my mind. The teacher must be the learner first and an expert learner in the classroom.  I know from experience, being a student that challenging traditional ways of teaching is really important in schools. I love my teachers that use innovative styles of teaching, especially the ones that incorporate new technologies. I strongly believe that parents are a crucial factor in children’s educational development. I’m sure the impact it has on the parents will be great as well.  I’m sure this will effect educators in beneficial ways too! I sincerely hope that these endeavors will spread far and wide.

When students are using technology as a tool or a support for communicating with others, they are in an active role rather than the passive role of recipient of information transmitted by a teacher, textbook, or broadcast.  Moreover, when technology is used as a tool to support students in performing authentic tasks, the students are in the position of defining their goals, making design decisions, and evaluating their progress.The teacher’s role changes as well. The teacher is no longer the center of attention as the dispenser of information, but rather plays the role of facilitator, setting project goals and providing guidelines and resources, moving from student to student or group to group, providing suggestions and support for student activity.

The thing which scares me most is the change in education system as most of the people still believe in the traditional ways of teaching and are not aware of new technology. This may create problem for such persons.Teacher should keep herself  updated with new styles of education.  I don’t think people realize at all what kids are capable of if given the tools, time and encouragement to learn.

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2 responses to “Tech Task # 3, Why Schools?

  1. I agree that the hardest part is convincing others. Most people outside of education only can see education in terms they understand. It worked for them, it should work for their kids. The challenge that Will talks about is that the world is fundamentally different today. We need to continue to share that message in a variety of ways. We also need supports. That’s a big reason I ask all of you to reach out and build a community of learners online.

  2. Jenna Kulyk says:

    Hey!
    I agree that we, as teachers should keep ourselves knowledgeable about technology that can be used in classrooms. Technology can help our students achieve many things both inside and outside the classroom. One thing that scares me as a teacher is that important (in my opinion) things like handwriting won’t be used anymore. Do you think there should be a balance between traditional ways and current ways? Or maybe use traditional ways of teaching, but add some current ways of teaching into it?

    Have a great weekend!
    Jenna

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