Technology and its Various Roles in Education
Gone are the days when attaining a formal education just meant that a student must stay within the four walls of a classroom inside a school building. Technology changed the way people view education and learning. Through the rapid development in technology, those things, which seemed impossible before, became possible in this present generation. The teachers become mere facilitators guiding students on how to learn and not what to learn.
TECHNOLOGY AND THE CLASSROOM
Technology plays an integral role not only in teaching but also in studying. Most learners nowadays are armed with powerful gadgets that can transport them via different websites to help them with their researches. Learning does not stop after they leave the gate of the school. It can now happen anytime and anywhere. Learners are now empowered to be responsible for their learning. In fact, they can still study and learn even if they cannot attend the regular class. With a number of websites dedicated to learning and videos that offer free tutorials on different subjects, the students who are motivated to educate themselves can learn things on their own.
On the other hand, this is not to say that technology can replace teachers. Technology only assists in the teaching and learning process. It is present in the classroom not to supplant the teachers but to supplement. Through technology, the teaching processes are enhanced. The learners do not have to deal with printed images on their handouts or books. The different computer applications can make those images come to life by means of animations, which surely motivates the learners to pay more attention. Listening does not have to be boring, instead it can be more exciting through the use of audios. But all of these forms of technology cannot function on their own. Teachers are the authorities who know the proper way of implementing these technologies inside the school to bring out the optimum setup in the class.
TECHNOLOGY AND EDUCATION’S MISSION
“To protect and promote the right of every Filipino to quality, equitable, culture-based, and complete basic education where students learn in a child-friendly, gender sensitive, safe and motivating environment where:
Teachers facilitate learning and constantly nurture every learner,
Administrators and Staff as stewards of the institution, ensure an enabling and supportive environment, Family, community and other stakeholders are actively engaged and share responsibility for developing life-long learners.” – DepEd Mission
The Department of Education recognizes the importance to students to gain knowledge and skills when it comes to Information and Communication Technology. Thus, it encourages teachers to make and impart the use of technology in executing their lessons. Parallel to this, the Learning Resource Management and Development System (LRMD) was created. This is a portal for online teaching and learning launched by the Department of Education created by teachers and education partners. The different learning materials such as online textbooks and modules were all compiled in LRMDS and can be accessed easily.
TECHNOLOGY AND ADMINISTRATORS
Technology certainly gives a new face to leadership. It opens avenues for administrators to easily get their directives or messages to others. Submissions of reports can now be done using the Google Drive. Just like in teaching and learning, through technology, distance and time no longer become a barrier in communication. Reports of instructions are easily disseminated through facebook messengers. Announcements can be done using Facebook or Twitter. Even monitoring is easier now because of CCTV and through postings done by learners and teachers.
Despite the ubiquity of technology and its advantages in the teaching and learning process, there are still many leaders in schools and in classrooms who are reluctant to employ it. Still, some have a fear of using it in the classroom. Others just don’t like change. The word change and adapt to the reality looks overwhelming. But without a change, moving forward will be impossible. Difference won’t happen.
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