Monday, 27 February 2012
Teachers and Technology
Teachers are facing a phenomenon that presents a challenge to their ability to engage their students. Many children today are growing up with technological gadgets they acquired while still in the cradle. Parents may use modern gadgets that provide soothing sights and sounds for the infant in the crib. Almost as soon as they can walk, children learn to use DVD players and programmable remote controls. They often get their first iPod before they even start school and surf the Internet at will. They quickly learn to use smartphones and either use their parents' iPad or have one of their own. Parents provide 'educational' entertainment through the Nintendo Wii, an XBox, or Sony Playstation, in addition to all of the handheld devices available. Once they start attending school they expect the learning environment to be at least as engaging. Imagine their dismay when they are presented with using pencils and paper while being expected to pay attention to whatever the teacher writes on a big board at the front of the class. What is a teacher to do?