- Be the facilitator: Technology isn’t effective if the teacher replacesÂ their presence with multimedia. Technology has the ability to customizeÂ learning in a classroom with multiple learning styles, engage students withÂ interactive examples, and to be creative in a new dimension. Use multimediaÂ tools to enhance the classroom, not supplant the teacher.
In a recent Academic Coaches Training at LifeBound, some attendees voicedÂ concern about the relationship they had with technology in their classroom.Â Are they supposed to be secondary to the new technology? Or, is theÂ technology supplementary to the educator? When new tools of any kinds areÂ introduced in the classroom, whether they be new pedagogies, electronicÂ tools, assistants, etc., the environment will change and adjustments have toÂ be made. Below I’ve outlined suggestions on positive ways educators canÂ perceive technology so they don’t feel inferior:
- Technology is a form of expression: Technology gives some students theÂ opportunity they’ve been waiting for to express themselves. Some studentsÂ might not be inspired to create a model, write a paper, or give aÂ presentation that represents a piece of literature, an event in history, orÂ a personal story. Using technology, students can create videos, websites,Â video games, music, slideshows, and much more that allow them to expressÂ themselves in a medium they’re comfortable in. Â If students aren’t creating,Â they are bored. Â Way too many American students are bored. Â Technology is aÂ welcome remedy to boredom.
- It’s the tool of the future: 1 in 2 Americans will have a smart phone by Christmas 2011. Educators who resist using technology areÂ putting their students at a disadvantage. They will need to know how toÂ operate basic technology found in the classroom for the rest of theirÂ schooling, their careers, and in life when they need to network, find a newÂ job, or further their education. For educators who are uncomfortable withÂ technology, they can recruit their own students to teach them what they needÂ to learn. Â Teachers will no longer be the “sage on the stage,” but if allÂ students can be sages through collaborative learning and effective use ofÂ technology, then more students will truly learn and more teachers will haveÂ had an impact at the end of the day.