Technology surrounds us. It is ubiquitous. We might resist its use in the classroom for various reasons. For example some researchers say that technology helps us to simplify things and in this way it robs us of the ability to think and act spontaneously. For example the use of calculators at the maths lesson. And I agree that there is no substitute for sustained cognitive thinking, inductive and deductive reasoning, or detailed analysis and problem solving. But in the case of language teaching it might not be so deleterious instead I think it can be quite useful. And besides how can we, teachers resist this all too powerful wave of technology when all our students are computer/i-pad users, smart/android phones owners and they are on friendly terms with various gadgets.
We hear more often about online shopping
Even politics and politicians have gone online
Online jobs, online bank robbers
John Dewey said that “If we teach today as we taught yesterday, we rob our students of tomorrow”. Think about this. All the areas of human knowledge have “updated” their equipment, methods. We prepare students for life, a life that is impregnated with technology. How can we, teachers resist this all too powerful wave of technology when all our students are computer/i-pad users, smart/android phones owners and they are on friendly terms with various gadgets.
Since technology makes its way everywhere it is not long before it will come in our classrooms too. And our classrooms will switch from this to this.
To this… Technology in the classroom has become indispensable In schools in Japan, North Korea, USA and many other countries teachers work with digitized textbooks, there are computer equipped classrooms, and interactive white boards have already become a common thing. Of course, all of these sound all but familiar to us. We can only dream about that. Moldovan schools are hardly equipped with computers and very often we are stuck in traditional methods not out of choice but out of necessity.
It would be great if every classroom would have an interactive white board. This is an amazing tool that would really make our job easier. Some of the schools have projectors and they are a good alternative good too.
Our students have smart phones, tablets, and computers. Almost all our students are good to proficient computer users, with personal computers at home and owners of mobile phones from smart to android. That means that we have an ace up our sleeve and we can be using that to improve our teaching and to make the learning of language process fun.
All of my students, with only 1 or 2 exceptions per class have smart phones. And one day I come across this site where mobiles are examined as learning tools.
That is an indispensable and necessary process as the future of the education belongs to e-learning, just as every area of life has shifted to ONLINE. And we want our students to be ready for the FUTURE!
Technology in teaching optimization
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”TECHNOLOGY IN LANGUAGE TEACHING
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COMPUTER BECAME AN INDISPENSABLE OBJECT IN OUR LIFE