Technology and its Various Roles in Education

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.

 

CHALLENGES

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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Author : Ana Rose Alvaro

Ana Rose was born and raised in the Philippines. A simple Filipina who was born with a natural love for books and languages.

10 Comments to Technology and its Various Roles in Education

  1. Natalie says:

    I would love to see more of technology implemented in classrooms. I have nothing against it. Actually I’m very PRO technology. My son showed some amazing learning during the quarantine studying online on his laptop.

  2. Technology has definitely changed the education landscape. I actually wrote an article about that on my site called, “The Impact of Technology on Literature.” It was eye opening how much our educational institutions rely on technology now. This was a great article. It’s also true that no matter how helpful technology is, it can’t replace human teachers and interaction.

  3. I can’t wait for this pandemic to attend and for there to be a safe vaccine so that my children can return to face-to-face schooling. They are doing okay with virtual, but it is not ideal.

  4. Sarah M says:

    The use of technology in a balanced way is good for education. This is an era of science and technology and we should embrace it to grow.

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  6. Marian says:

    Kids should learn the same way they will live. We work on computers at the office and even in construction or other ‘field’ work. We are glued to our phones. Education will follow this pattern soon enough, it’s inevitable.

  7. Kevin Brotac says:

    I totally agree with you, for a change to happen, everybody should work a little into implementing technology into education and embrace it, it is now part of our everyday life so why not accept it as something normal?

  8. Matt Taylor says:

    There are definitely pros and cons to using technology in the classroom. I think the pros outweigh the cons. I remember back in the late 1980s going to the computer lab at my elementary school and playing educational games like Oregon Trail. haha it was so fun.

  9. Gervin Khan says:

    YES! Also, not all students and even teachers are used to technologies. I bet this year’s school is gonna be a pain, jk.

  10. Kileen says:

    I totally agree with you that technology cannot replace a teacher, and that we need change in order to grow and evolve.

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