When learning to use technology, can I expect some form of accreditation … and possibly better job prospects?
Wednesday, January 5th, 2011 | technology | Comments Off
Many teachers are keen to embark on study programs that lead to accreditation or recognized qualifications. This is natural since better job opportunities are often linked to qualifications.
The first technology you’ll learn is the computer. Commercial firms, technology suppliers and education departments offer certificates when you reach a specified level of competency. In some cases these certificates are accepted by tertiary education institutions and you may receive credits for them. The value of being able to use a computer is far greater than the certificate you’ll receive: it will allow you to tap into huge knowledge stores and participate in on-line courses, leading perhaps to formal accreditation.
Vendors of other technologies, such as interactive whiteboards, may likewise give you a certificate of competency. These are usually only of value if you want to prove that you are able to use the particular device.
While a formal qualification may be important to you while building a career, your main motive in learning to use technology must be to become a more effective teacher. An analogy will help us to put qualifications in the proper perspective.
What is your objective when you buy a cell phone? Is it to learn to use it so that you can obtain a qualification? This can hardly be the case! Do you receive a certificate when you give evidence that you can use your cell phone? Of course not! So why do you learn to use it? The answer is obvious: to facilitate communication.
The same line of reasoning should be followed when you learn to use classroom technology – the objective should not be the qualification, but the way in which it will improve your efficiency as a teacher.
The demand for teachers proficient in the use of technology will increase in the future. For the moment don’t focus too much on the destination. View the process of learning as an exciting journey – you’ll be pleasantly surprised to discover where it may lead you.
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Many teachers are keen to embark on study programmes that lead to accreditation or recognized qualifications. This is natural since better job opportunities are often linked to qualifications.
Learning to use a laptop will not lead directly to such outcomes, but it may take you there in an indirect way.
Let’s use an illustration. When you went to school and learned to read and write, you were not directly accredited for that. You had to pass a number of subjects to move from grade to grade. But reading and writing skills helped you to study those topics which led to progressive levels of graduation. It can therefore be said that learning to read and write was a stepping stone towards accreditation and receiving qualifications.
In a similar way learning to use a laptop may not give you direct accreditation, but it is a stepping stone for you to find accreditation in other areas.
Your laptop is a tool to find information, record facts, rearrange knowledge and present it in a clear format. These are necessary skills when you are working towards accreditation or striving to acquire a qualification.
Distance learning is becoming a popular way of getting a qualification. Here the ability to use a computer is a pre-requisite and is a direct link towards obtaining the qualification.
For the moment don’t focus too much on the destination. View the process of learning to use the laptop as a pleasurable journey – you will be pleasantly surprised to discover where it may lead you.
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