Sunday, March 29th, 2009 | communication, laptops
One of the greatest gifts of computer technology to the world is the way in which it brings people together. You can send an email across the globe, have it reach its destination a few seconds later and get a reply as fast as the person on the other side can type. Compare that to the time it would have taken if a letter was sent by snailmail – with a possibility of getting lost in the post.
The email facility that your laptop makes available to you allows you as a teacher to engage in more effective communication with all the people with whom you need to interact.
An exchange of ideas with colleagues becomes easier – it can strengthen collegial relationships and allows for collaboration when time and distance prevent you from meeting in person. You can ask for advice from teachers in other schools and receive replies almost instantly – lesson plans, worked examples and other teaching resources.
Email makes it possible to consults with subject and education experts.
You can contact parents through email. Many parents may not have email facilities, but an increasing number of them are getting on-line.
It is even possible to communicate with your learners by sending emails to them. If your school has computers but does not have internet facilities, you could still use internal email to send homework assignments, class notes and other notifications. This will empower learners to use email and will eliminate the excuse that the homework assignment slip was lost.
Of course, you will also be able to use email for business and personal conversations with friends and relatives.
Email provides a permanent record of communication – you have a verification of what you’ve said to each other and can go back and refer to the conversation.
Email is not the only way of communication made possible by your laptop. Many other avenues are opened to you:
- social networks
- and we don’t know what else may become available in the future.
Your laptop allows you to communicate with others with greater speed and ease – and at lower cost – than ever before.
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