Saturday, December 18th, 2010 | technology
Teacher metathesiophobia – the fear of change – is a barrier to teaching and learning in the twenty-first century.
A fear of change – or even a reluctance to change – leads to stagnation. It also results in wonderful teaching opportunities slipping through your fingers.
Imagine you were a teacher in the early nineteenth century. The blackboard was invented in 1801 and appeared in classrooms shortly thereafter. At the time these blackboards were in the category of high technology. How would you have reacted to this new invention? With the wisdom of hindsight you’d probably say that you would have embraced it immediately! But what if you were comfortable with your existing teaching media and anticipated the way in which the new board would throw your routine into turmoil? Should you have resisted change? If you did not accept this change, just imagine what opportunities you would have missed!
The situation is not any different today with the introduction of modern technologies – computers, mobile devices, interactive classroom tools and the internet. If you are willing to adapt to change and include these technologies in your arsenal of teaching tools, you will benefit both yourself and your learners.
Think about the ways it will help you:
The use of technology can enhance your teaching.
You will have a feeling of being in control in a classroom of learners who are already engaging with technology in one way or another.
Learners will respect you.
Now think about the way it will benefit your learners:
Learners love technology – using it in your lessons helps to hold their attention.
When you bring technology into play in your classroom you will be teaching learners in the way they learn best.
They will be equipped with technology skills required by the workplace.
Are these not enough reasons why you should welcome the changes brought about by modern technology?
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