PHILOSOPHY ON INSTRUCTIONALTECHNOLOGYBy: Jefferey Gil Caber
THE NEED: Every start of the school year we can hear from the news the expanding number of students and the depleting number of classrooms, teachers and educational materials such as books, computers etc. It seems to me that the more we encourage children to attend traditional public schools, the more we are depriving them of quality education as the teachers are getting burnt-out.
THE NEED: According to surveys the average number of students nowadays are ranging from 80-90 per classroom. As a teacher how can you handle 80-90 students in more or more different sections? How can you get to know them personally? And how can you finish your lesson in just 1 hour when most of your lesson time is spent in catching your students attention? These are just the few of the many problems that the Phillipine educational system are facing. How can we use technology for our advantage? And can we get the most out of it?
MY PHILOSOPHY“Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it” This bible verse summed up the role of parents & teachers (or the students In loco parentis). Everything that a parent or teacher teaches a child must lead them to the greatest truth, God. In light of this bible verse, I present my philosophies in Educational Technology.
EDUCATION IS FOR ALL Education is not just for those who can afford it. Every child/person has the right for quality education as mandated by our constitution. That’s why, we as teachers with the help of the Phillipine government must explore all possible good ways to reach-out and educate people who cannot afford to go to a traditional school.
HARNESS TECHNOLOGIES POTENTIAL TO ACCOMMODATE MORE STUDENTS WITHOUT STRESSING THE TEACHER TOO MUCH.Through the use of social networking sites such as Facebook, Myspace, Google+ , etc. the teacher can upload his lessons for the students to review or advance read. Through the use of video streaming, schools can accommodate more students without even requiring the teacher to physically present.
EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY MUST MAKE INFORMATION AND KNOWLEDGE MORE ACCESSIBLE TO STUDENTS. Schools, Teachers must seek innovative ways to make knowledge and information more accessible to people. Creation of more mobile libraries, mobile computer laboratories and mobile classrooms should be taken into consideration. Why spend too much on traditional style of teaching or schooling while we can reach morew illiterate people using creative ways of dispensing knowledge and information.
EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY MUST PRODUCE THINKING HUMANS NOT PROGRAMMED ROBOTS. The danger of technology is that it has the tendency to spoon-feed students. The teacher must know how to balance the traditional ways of teaching (together with its imperfections, toils and challenges) with the modern advancements of educational technology today. Our goal is to produce thinking humans, though imperfect but has the ability to learn from their mistakes.
TEACHERS MUST KNOW HOW TO USE TECHNOLOGY FOR THEIR ADVANTAGE, THEREFORE, ALL TEACHERS MUST BE “MODERN TECHNOLOGY” LITERATE. If there’s a word that would describe the students of today, it is TECHNOLOGY. The students today are so dependent on technology that they don’t know how to accomplish their assignments and projects without computers. In order for a teacher to be relevant to their students , a teacher must strive to know and learn the latest technology during their time.
TECHNOLOGY MUST ONLY HELP TEACHER TO ACCOMPLISH THEIR TASKS NOT TO REPLACE THEM. Technology in education must only be a means for the teachers to accomplish their tasks, the same thing with students. It must not be an end to itself. For me, there is nothing like a human teacher.