What’s the use of a teacher? We have computers!

The 2011 Horizon Report said, “The abundance of resources and relationships made easily accessible via the Internet is increasingly challenging us to revisit our roles as educators in sense-making, coaching, and credentialing”. What examples could you cite to show the ways in which this is happening?

– One of the most important things in the classroom is how the material is presented and executed. A teacher in this fast-paced changing environment must always be on top of the new “craze” with the Internet. For some students it is often hard for a lesson to make sense if there is no technological involvement. Lectures can be long, boring, and are hard to pay attention to. To integrate technology into their classroom, teachers must be aware of the appropriate use of the Internet and social media websites. It must make sense! Determining what is appropriate to use in the classroom (and out) can be challenging. Creating a discussion forum as a way to monitor student interactions seems best fit. Analyze TIME! Nothing can replace a face to face interaction with a student.

– Many students find a mentor within their teacher. The teacher must prepare his or her students for a world of work where the use of technology is mandatory. Students who are unable to attend school physically for any reason should have the opportunity to video-conference with their teacher. We all know that teacher who had a binder full of orange colored, coffee stained, and torn notes that have been used for the past 30 years. That just won’t do it anymore. Teaching (and/or coaching) students on how to use technology to further their knowledge for the better can make them a more desirable candidate when applying for a job.

– With the rise of technology, teachers have struggled to fight plagiarism in their classrooms. This has become a major problem, as well as grade inflation, that has caused teachers to use online sites such as “turn it in” to double check the student’s paper. With new rises in technology the students must learn accuracy and SAFETY when using a computer. Teacher and student accountability has become a common phrase for the 2012-2013 school year. The student isn’t doing well? YOU ARE ACCOUNTABLE AS HIS TEACHER. What methods do you need to change to fit the student? Differentiated instruction has also become a more commonly used phrase in education – as it should be. Students can only learn from what is first presented to them, from there their branches can extend as far as they desire.

Where did you hear that from? The Internet.

 

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