Is there really a great divide between Technology & Educators?

Posted: October 18, 2011 in Education

This is a great animation video tracing the development of technology since bygone eras. What is telling is that technology has existed since time immemorial, its ubiquity more pronounced now than ever, its influence seeping in and blurring the lines between what is personal and professional.

 

Whilst its inroad into education remains an indisputable fact, we cannot allow the tool to displace (or replace) the teacher. The teacher resides in the control tower in which he/she is the guide by the side, dispenses instructions and stimulates thinking as the guru, not to the ‘goondu‘ but to a more evolved group of students and shapes learning as the sage on the stage by drawing on the relevance of learning theories from behaviourism, cognitivism and constructivism theorists in the like of Skinner, Briggs, Piaget & Vygotsky. To that end, a teacher’s role in this era is to keep asking these pertinent questions: How did I learn before? How am I learning now? How do my students learn? And when we, as educators, can take a step back from our pre-conceptions and delve deeply into these questions, we may just cross the threshold of the great divide and find ourselves on the other side.

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