What technologies are suitable for teachers?

Friday, October 29th, 2010 | education, technology

Teaching is one of the most complex professions on the planet.  The spread of learning areas demanded by a good education requires a teacher to teach a wide variety of topics.  This is particularly true of primary school teachers who often must teach all learning areas.  Secondary school teachers specializing in specific learning areas also know that their subject can not be taught in absolute isolation.

Adding to the difficult task of teaching is the fact that learners are all so different!

Any tool with the potential of easing the complicated task of teachers can’t be ignored.  Technology offers teaching tools, which can make the teacher’s task much, much easier.

What are the most appropriate technologies for teachers?

At the heart of technology tools stands the computer – this can be a personal computer (PC), a laptop or a smaller portable device with the same functionality as a bigger computer.  A computer allows you to create information, obtain it from elsewhere, store it, and use it whenever you want.  This information can be in the form of text, pictures and even video.

One computer by itself may not do much in the classroom.  But it is the starting point for you to learn to use technology.  Once you can use a computer, you can link it to other devices to display prepared information to learners; some technologies even allow learners some interaction.

Here are a few examples of technology tools for the classroom:

A data projector allows you to display information on your computer to a class or even a larger group in a bigger venue.

An interactive whiteboard is useful when you require learners to interact with the teaching material.

A scanner can be used to copy documents, such as work of learners, pictures or newspaper clippings, and display them to the class.

A digital camera is used by many teachers to take pictures, which may then be used for teaching.

A voting system (also called clickers) is an excellent assessment tool, which allows learners to respond to your questions, making the results instantly available to you.

These are just a few tools that may be useful to you.  Look around and see what other teachers are using and decide which ones you would like to use.

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4 Comments to What technologies are suitable for teachers?

Friday, 29 October, 2010

Presently, many teachers are still holding on or “clutching” to their “tools of the trade in their leather toolbox” : some red, green, blue and black BIC pens together with a textbook or two, white chalk perhaps a Koki pen too, green board with fluffy duster and some A3 + A4 + A5 scibblebooks and a 196 pages hardcover line pages book for the marks and so on. Ohh and a 2011 NPA or NCA or Muller Masken Shortman diary.

Slowly but surely, this will have to change to another set of “tools” – technological equipment. The piece of tools in this toolbox (or rather outside a toolbox) is “electronically and digital” inclined high tech wonderful teaching aids. You need some special “skills” to operate them, but it is possible. We as teacher are fasttttttt learners !

Thus to conclude with a sentence from your first paragraph Kobus:”Teaching is one of the most complex professions on the planet” is so true, but we will have to apply and use more “complex equipment” and perhaps replace your outdated “toolbox” or leather briefcase with a 21st cyberspace virtual case.

Al we then have to bring to school is our Marmite-and-Black-Cat-Peanut-Butter-Albany-lunchbox.

Complex Tools for a Complex Profession to solve Complex Situations very fast in simple ways!!

Albie the HB pencil

Saturday, 30 October, 2010

Technology starts in the mind. The processes that govern teaching in the classroom often starts with planning the transfer of skills and knowledge. The selection of the necessary tools relate o the reference framework of the educator.
The target audience prompts the appropriate processes. Thinking technology therefore needs complex planning and thinking relative to situational leadership and management in schools.

Mark C
Sunday, 31 October, 2010

I agree with Chas. Some tech expert used a very broad definition of technology….they are ideas that change the world. I always thought of technology as the use of things/gadgets. Since then my definition of technology and using it has changed. Teachers should use a variety of things appropriately to get learn to learn.

I remember an ad where a dad was trying to coax his toddler into playing with educational toys. Yet the toddler found a normal cardboard box more fascinating….makes you think. Doesn’t it?

Sunday, 31 October, 2010

Any teacher knows that the key to good teaching is to hold the attention of the pupil. The best way to do this is to vary the stimulus. Years ago when overhead projectors were introduced, teachers that tried to use them all the time found that pupils soon tired of the medium. This indicates that the use of technology should complement other forms of teaching. Certain concepts will lend themselves to the use of technology in a way never before experienced by teachers. On the other hand some concepts still require a patient, verbal explanation. Obviously, to achieve a degree of flexibility, the technology must reside in the classroom. Thus any technology which enhances the learning experience of the pupil becomes a tool to the tech savvy teacher, as long as it is used appropriately and becomes A tool in the teachers toolbox, not THE tool.

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