|In light of new technologies, do we need to reinvent the school, its methods and objectives?
I don't think it's because of the new technologies but because of the new needs of students. We have to rethink what training people actually need and why, and be sure we are providing it.
Yes, we need to match instruction to current styles of learning.
I think it need reappraising. Principles are more the issue than anything else. We need to look more into effective methods to retain important information than anything else. Technology has certainly changed many things. The emerging generation are lapping their seniors in terms of understanding the way society is changing. It is down to teachers to understand what is going on and help steer it in the right direction.
The days of bricks and mortar colleges are coming to an end. Classrooms in the 21st Century need to be without walls and confining notions of past centuries. We need to develop relevant up to date material to be taught using 21st Century methods without limits that will challenge students and prepare them for a fast changing world. Technology changes more rapidly than most colleges are able to incorporate it into their curriculum. There is also great resistance to change that is only made worse by outdated seniority systems that rewards longevity rather than creativity and competence.
Absolutely. Though I don't have personal experience of teaching at schools but I guess that keeping pace with new technologies is a must in achieving the objectives.
No, but we have to make lessons relevant to our children's lives eg infants can now use computers so it's no use teaching them the basics when they get to secondary school. The subject teachers need to work together to see where their contents overlap.
No way-The technology id driven by the teaching. Teaching method should remain the same. Thats how students learn.
We do but new technology is only a part of it. No good giving everyone an iPhone if the structure isn't set up for maximising potential. Technology can help, that's all. It's about people.
The basis of effective pedagogy remains as it always was:
Establishing a caring and democratic classroom atmosphere
even when the classroom is virtual and on-line.
Definitely. Through one virtual classroom, I teach people from all around the world. Last night I had approximately 11 people from various countries alone.
The word is not reinvent but keep up.
New technologies in the hands of teachers who are afraid because they have no idea what education is will accomplish what? More distancing of the fearful teachers from students who are bored to tears? When "education" returns to discovery, and teachers are brave enough to allow students to explore and produce well beyond what the teacher can control, excitement will return to education.
When incompetence of teachers is rewarded with reduced class size, higher salaries, and fewer teaching days, what reason is there to change?
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