“A Teacher is not only an ocean of knowledge but also a wonderful mind with great experiences of life.”
The key difference between a ‘Teacher’ and the most widely used search engine ‘Google’ is clearly evident in this quote.
The role of the teacher as a guide, facilitator, and mentor was always pivotal but is all the more important with the introduction of technology in the classroom. Google can never replace the endearing relationship students and teachers share and sense of responsibility a teacher has towards the students. Neither can it replace the firm belief which parents have on Teachers.
The technological revolution in education is a welcome sign. It forces teachers to keep up-to-date with their practices and make new ideas and theories relating to the subject area more accessible. However, technology cannot replace the human element in teaching. I have found that access to technology does not necessarily mean that students know how to use it to benefit them in class or for study. They still need teachers to guide them efficiently.
The difference between the past and present tasks of teachers is represented by the technical background they need, to be able to use and handle the computer and other operating systems effectively. Teachers must now be willing to relinquish absolute control in the classroom and embrace new ways of learning. Instead of being book-oriented, they need to be tech-savvy. The future of education is clearly going to be personalized-tech infused learning. We need teachers to teach because the vast majority of youth is unenthusiastic and disobedient in doing it for themselves.
Google may teach, but only a teacher can make you understand. Future of education will not be teachers versus technology, but teachers plus technology.
And as long as the balance is maintained we can expect an education system that not only promotes learning but also opens doors to creative freedom and expression.
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