Wednesday, October 26th, 2011 | technology
Technology can be a valuable tool in the hands of teachers. Sadly, at times it does not result in improved teaching and learning, leading some to conclude that technology “does not work” and, to use a cliché, the baby is then thrown out with the bathwater.
Don’t be too quick to judge technology if it does not yield the expected results in a particular classroom or school. Bear the following facts in mind:
ICT is not a magic wand – its presence alone in a classroom is no guarantee that a teacher will miraculously become a good one.
One of the biggest – and most serious – problems encountered with ICT in education is under-utilization by teachers. This is not a technology failure, but a human (and often a systemic) failure.
Technology can empower teachers but it is only a tool; true empowerment depends on how this tool is used. It may take time for teachers to become skillful users of technology.
Vast as the potential is, ICT can only transform education if teachers are willing to tap into it! You may have a huge water reservoir, but if you are not prepared to tip your bucket into it to draw water you can’t expect to quench your thirst.
Metathesiophibia – a fear of change – leads to stagnation; teachers can’t afford this when it comes to using ICT in school.
When you see a classroom where avaialble technology has not yet brought about a change for the better, consider carefully where the problem lies: with the technololgy, the teacher or the system. Then put appropriate processes in place to remedy the matter.