Sunday, January 31st, 2010 | Employment, IWBs
The prospect of losing your job can cause much anxiety. When you see people around you being retrenched it is natural to be concerned about your own job security.
Teachers are not immune to layoffs. When the government cuts budgets and there is talk about teachers being “in excess” and terms such as reorganization, downsizing and rationalization appear in the papers, panic sets in.
It is only natural that teachers wonder how the introduction of technology in schools could impact on their prospects of continued employment. They may think back to the time of the industrial revolution – many mine workers and factory workers lost their jobs when machines were used for functions that they had performed before.
“Won’t computers take over my job?” some teachers may ask.
The answer to this question is an emphatic “no”. Machines can take over manual repetitive tasks. But it can not replace those tasks requiring higher order thinking – and teaching is possibly one of the most complex activities on earth. Teachers are working with the minds of learners, shaping them, while trying to find the best teaching technique to match the learning style of each one of their learners.
You can use computers and related tools without any fear of redundancy. When a carpenter replaces a manual saw with an electric one, does that make the human redundant? Of course not – but it does make the carpenter more productive. The same principle applies when technology becomes available in a school.
Don’t fear! An interactive whiteboard in your classroom will never make you redundant. The board needs you to operate it.
An interactive whiteboard may bring unexpected advantages to you when you face job insecurity. If you become proficient in its use, you will be more marketable. The high cost of training a teacher to become a skilled interactive classroom practitioner benefits you in two ways: when the school is firing, you are unlikely to be the one to go owing to the investment made in you, and when a school is hiring, it will be a bargain to employ you since you won’t need expensive training.
Your interactive whiteboard can be your best friend during economic uncertain times – treat it as such be getting to know it intimately.
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