Who is a real “TECHIE TEACHER”?

“Old school.”

“Boring.”

“Low-tech.”

These are just some of the words that students often use to describe their teachers. Whether young or seasoned, teachers are being branded as “low-tech” . And for me, aba ibang usapan yan.

It was 2002 when I started using the internet. As far as I can remember, our operating system then was Windows ‘98. To have internet connection was not as easy as today. Back then, we still need to purchase pre-paid cards for the internet service provider.

During those years, most of the teachers are also new to the cyber world. Hence, it was difficult for them to go along with the current trends in the emerging computer age since computer classes were not yet offered to all public and private schools. Super mahal pa kasi ng PC during that time. Only computer teachers were fortunate enough to be equipped with some knowledge about computers, which is necessary to be able to cope with the fast–changing world.

With this scenario, it is easy to identify the “Lo-Tech Teachers” with that of the “Techie” ones.

However, the question should be:

WHO IS A REAL “TECHIE TEACHER”?


 

Well, I might say that a real techie teacher is…

1. Patient.
It is really a burden for impatient people to try to learn a newly invented gadget. But if you have the patience and the willingness to learn then it would just be easy to achieve your goal – to be a Techie teacher. 😀

2. Open-minded.
A teacher with an open heart and mind in learning how to use new gadgets has a greater chance of being a Techie teacher.

3. Life-long Learner.
Techie teachers never stop learning. They continuously explore new ideas and strive to learn more of things they do not know. They do this because they are fueled with passion and love for their students. For this reason, they want to enhance their knowledge on technology so they can understand and relate to their learners.

4. Creative.
Techie teachers constantly find ways to use technology in the classroom. They know which works and which doesn’t and choose the ones which are appropriate to enhance classroom instruction. Most importantly, they know how to bend and flex the use of Facebook, Twitter, MySpace and the like to fit their classroom needs.

As for me, being a Techie teacher doesn’t mean that you need to own the latest cellphone, iPad, DSLR, etc. nor buy a high-end notebook or laptop (But if you have enough savings, why NOT purchase one :D).It just simply means that teachers should be familiar with these stuff and discover how it can be of help to our profession.

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4 Comments

  1. Jaybee P. Torres

    June 4, 2011 at 10:29 pm

    I know how important technology is, to be effective in helping pupils/students learn. I also know that being an effective teacher is an art. It is difficult to define. One thing for sure is, I agree to you Mam Aricel that the teachers must be thousand steps ahead from their students.

    Bongga ka Mam Aricel!!! Pak!!!

    • Aricel

      June 4, 2011 at 10:40 pm

      Thanks Jaybee. I hope in our own little way, we have touched your heart as a teacher. Remember, a successful educational system starts with the great ideas of teachers like us. Please, let your fellow teachers read our website and let them be inspired with our article.

  2. nenita braga ballescas

    June 5, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    I have to agree that it’s really difficult to be a teacher nowadays. To begin with, we have to keep up with new technologies as we have to use them in class and it would be quite confusing if the teacher doesn’t know how to hadle equipment.
    Next, our students are more informed than we were their age and it means we have to catch up with them every day.
    But we, as FCPCiAn teachers we’re really UbDized when it comes to teaching strategies….and a very versatile FCPCian UbDized teachers…….. Korek?
    Nice Aricel

    • Aricel

      June 5, 2011 at 8:06 pm

      Thanks T.Neth for your comment. I agree with you that students of todays generation are more informed than their teachers when it comes to technology. Actually, that’s one of the reason why we are here (The TFt Team). We only have one mission. That is to uplift the educational system in our country. I also believe that teachers who are knowledgeable with the use of technology in their classes will start the improvement in their own classrooms.
      Sign up to our mailing list and let our team share to you the great ideas of FIlipino Teachers.. 😀

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