Tuesday, August 17th, 2010 | technology, Uncategorized
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 previously performed by the workers.
“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 they can not perform 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! Digital tools in your classroom will never make you redundant. A creative, intelligent teacher is needed to plan lessons – a piece of equipment can’t do this! And what good will electronic tools do without a teacher when the power goes off?
Technology may bring unexpected advantages to you if you do 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 technology 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.
During economically uncertain times technology can be your best friend – treat it as such by learning to work with it.
|While there are learners, teachers will never be redundant|