Digital technology is dramatically changing the role of professional educators, both complexities of the contemporary classroom. The teacher certainly isn’t becoming obsolete. Even in classrooms that rely heavily on educational technology, students need the guidance, facilitation, content mastery and positive role model of a great educator.
Digital technology can be a tool in offering students access to a world of incredible resources. But students of all levels, from primary through to tertiary, still require highly developed educators to help them discern what content is true, relevant and reliable.
Classroom technology and experienced educators
In the classroom, teachers may find themselves designing more of their own curriculum to incorporate online tools, rather than depending on traditional lessons and textbooks. Some teachers are even embracing the idea of “flipped teaching” – asking students to watch video lessons for homework so that class time can be spent in discussion and small group, often tech-centred activities. Outside the classroom, many teachers are expected to maintain a classroom website, communicate with parents via text message or social media, and engage in online professional development opportunities.
Embracing these shifts in approach can prove a significant challenge to experienced and new teachers alike. More experienced teachers may struggle to learn the ins and outs of the newest technological gadgets, and often struggle to accept technology’s place within the learning environment. However, once learned, these new technological advances mixed with classroom experience really give this demographic of educators an edge.
New educators embracing the shift
Younger teachers may feel ready to jump in and quickly adapt to new ideas and tools, and probably feel more confident interacting with parents and students in online spaces. Their lack of classroom experience, however, may cause them to lean on technology as a crutch, rather than using it effectively as a vehicle for sharing meaningful information.
Technology and faith
As Christian educators, we want to embrace the best of what digital technology has to offer. Used wisely and well, the digital classroom can draw students and teachers into closer communion with each other, and with the world around them.
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