Thursday, February 12th, 2009 | Computer Usage, laptops
Teaching and learning are two sides of the same coin. The teacher teaches so that learners can learn. It is generally accepted that the better a teacher teaches, the more the learners will learn.
If a laptop is a powerful teaching tool in the hands of a teacher, it becomes an indirect learning tool for learners. In many schools laptops and other computers are still not available to learners. In such situations a teacher can use a single laptop to prepare lessons and then present the information in an interesting way. This would improve the quality of teaching which, in turn, could lead to improved learning.
Of course, for technology to have an effect on learning, it should be freely accessible to learners. It is not recommended that you hand your personal laptop to the learners of your class, but if there are computers in the school they will be useful in different ways.
Rich learning resources on the internet and other electronic media will be available to learners.
Each learner could learn at a pace that is comfortable to the individual.
Computers are very useful for ‘drill and practice’ exercises, helping learners to hone their skills.
If your school does not yet have computers available for learners, do not despair. Use the time to develop your own technical skills. These skills are essential if you wish to guide learners in the use of technology, once they do gain access to it. When you are proficient in the use of technology, you are in a powerful position to help learners to make optimal use of any technology that may be made available to them in the future.
In the meantime, use your laptop to improve your own teaching – this should have an immediate positive effect on learning in your classroom.
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