Technology in education gets plenty of hype, but let's not forget the importance of teaching and learning, says Pamela Wright
Vinicius Silva's insight:
"Good teachers inspire our young people to be lifelong learners, creating a culture of independent enquiry with their enthusiasm and passion."Do you think technology itself is able to do that? Technology is a tool to enhance learning and the teachers' role is to facilitate learning takes place inside and outside the classroom.
Teaching face-to-face and teaching online are both teaching, but they are qualitatively different.
Teaching face-to-face and teaching online are both teaching, but they are qualitatively different. In comparison, driving a car and riding a motorcycle are both forms of transportation, but they have enough differences to warrant additional training and preparation when switching from one to the other. The same is true when faculty move from the traditional classroom to the online classroom. There are some things that the two have in common, but there are also plenty of differences. With this in mind, consider the following eight roles of an effective online teacher.
How ELT needs to stop misusing computers and start opening access and minds
Vinicius Silva's insight:
Great article by Nik Peachy. Thinking that the use of technology in the EFL/ESL classroom alone will enhance students’ learning and make our classes more dynamic is a big mistake. It is high time we started rethinking our teaching practices, approaches and methodologies to cope with the demands of a digital society and, specially, the net-generation.
"Twenty-five sets of wary eyes are gazing at you. The air in the room is thick with tension, and the owners of the twenty-five pair of eyes are shifting in their seats. Fifty legs become restless and the squeaks of tennis shoes and flats rubbing against the linoleum floor get louder and louder.
Is it time for a big test? Was the classroom scolded? Is it the last day of school, perhaps? No, it is none of the above. They are reacting to the anxiety and negative emotions that you brought into the classroom."
"If we can get past the magic of “massive” and “free,” we begin to see Coursera/edX-type MOOCs for what they really are — online courses, no different from the ones your college or university is offering right now. Open up registration to anyone anywhere, don’t charge a fee, and you’re MOOCing."
While the basic tenets of digital citizenship attempt to protect kids from cyberbullying, misconduct, and harassment, Allen is also interested in teaching the positive behaviors that will make successful students and workers for the future: teaching students how to find and analyze reliable sources for research, how to verify whether information is biased and/or credible, and how to be a responsible user.
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