In my opinion, technology recently has greatly affected and is completely going to change teaching in the future. Teachings have been greatly accommodated by different educational/instructional technologies and its use will increase continuously.
Impact of Technology on Teaching
Educators are effectively using technology by
- incorporating it into their experiences, into a lesson
- creating new teaching techniques
- trying to enhance the learning process
- enhancing student motivation, interest, engagement and satisfaction
- giving students a much more compelling experience
- trying to incorporate students’ experience
- giving students a sound learning experience, enhanced by online tools
- giving them tools to know how , skills and encouragement – basic instructions and convincing them to use their imagination
- providing creative possibilities
- focusing on the creativity and technological advances that students have made in their everyday lives, and allowing them to use that in their education
- to give students the tools and know how that will allow them to take course material and begin to create things they are proud of
- having our students learn without them seeing that process as a chore, but rather, integrate the technology part with their own technological advances
- to strive to enable students, through the learning process, to teach themselves
Thus, technology in future would be one of the media tools which would cause a shift from traditional classrooms to a technology integrated ones. It would implement a variety of pedagogical philosophies, approaches and strategies to support teaching goals.
Presently, Online Teaching and Learning, anywhere, anytime, is empowering in the field of education. It’s a student oriented approach, learner-centered, where students are free, independent, made responsible for their learning by using new, various, exciting emergent technologies – in the form of web pages, software, IT devices, etc. To name a few, like,
- Internet-: www, cyberspace
- YouTube / Teachers Tube
- Blogs / Wikis / Piczo
- Audacity / Moodle/ Hot potatoes
- Blackboard / WebQuests
- Tweet / Face book / LinkedIn / Scribd
- Skype / Messengers – yahoo, msn, google
- Digg / Technorati / RSS feeds
- Nexus Lexus / SoHo / del.icio.us / Buzz Up / Clip
- Fark / hulu / magnolia/ reddit / stumbleupon.com
- killer startups.com/ netvibes.com / Jott
- myspace.com, billboard.com, limewire 4.10, Wikipedia, mp3.com, podcasting
- Virtual Worlds – Second Life
Technology in future will provide more opportunities for teachers, a means to teach their required courses in a very relevant and cultural experience. It has in fact, become second nature to students. Students in future will be ‘Online generation’, having their own learning environment, their own world, a part of their everyday nature. Students will be teaching themselves. Even now, students are more ‘tech. savvy’, ahead of their teachers in the technology realm and for this reason, teachers will have to integrate all substantive issues in a more technological environment. The gap between a teacher’s technological skills and those of students will have to be filled.
Example of E-teaching
Andy Mercer, a musician who teaches music over the Internet, to high-school students in rural communities, has used technology effectively by incorporating technology already used daily by his students. One example is his use of PICZO, where students can build their own websites. He uses Piczo as a site where his students get all their course information and share their thoughts. Andy also goes to the latest news sites pertaining to his subject and finds ways to incorporate this news into the day’s lesson. He deals primarily with material that students in that age group can relate to.
Þ Michael Wesch’s Video: “A Portal to Media Literacy”
Michael, a cultural anthropologist, with his “portal” in his classroom has “designed to bring students together in new ways that also allow students to explore new media”. He uses almost every media tool in his ‘platform’: Blogs, Wikis, YouTube, Twitter, Face Book, Digg, Vision, SoHo – different learning tools to teach his students.
The key to learning is significant both in the semantic meaning and the personal meaning. He believes that learning is all about the connection within the material but also between students and faculty and among students themselves. The challenge for teachers would be to create ‘platforms of participation’ – our own “portals” as they pertain to the subjects we teach, and to allow students to interact with these “platforms” and “leverage this media environment”.
Educators will have to “move from a closed system to an open system; from control to enable; from structure to platform”, and, most importantly, Michael feels “we need to move students from being knowledgeable to knowledge-ABLE. This means that students need to learn to critique, and well as create, new information.