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The Importance of Technology to Teaching and Learning

Technology is a significant part of our lives. It affects our day-to-day routines like buying groceries, doing some shopping, communicating and socializing with colleagues and friends. With its increasing demands in our lives, it is no wonder that using technology in teaching has also become a fad.

The effective use of technology in teaching has re-defined education. Technology has created many learning opportunities for both teachers and students. Teachers are learning how to integrate technology in teaching, whereas students are more engaged and interested in the lessons every time iPads, Chromebook, or any educational gadgets are to be used. Now, why is there such a hype in using technology in the classroom? Here are some reasons on why educational technology is necessary:

Technology liberates education boundaries.

Because of using technology in the classroom, teachers have evolved to being the sole authority of knowledge to being facilitators of learning in the classroom. Educators and students work collaboratively so that the learning experience will be more meaningful for all.

Technology has also helped distant education. Students can participate in classroom activities and submit requirements for the course with just a laptop and the Internet.

Technology simplifies access to educational resources.

Materials have been made more accessible to students since teachers can just upload the materials for their subjects online and let students download them as needed. More than that, the world web is a vast database of materials which students and teachers can use to supplement their learning.

Technology sparks students’ interest in learning.

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Using technology in the classroom also adds students’ participation and excitement to the lesson. Students now are so adept at using different gadgets like smartphones, iPads, and others. If these technologies are used during lessons, students are likely to be more engaged because they are using their much-loved gadgets to facilitate their learning.

Technology also helps students be independent and responsible.

They can take ownership and be in charge of their learning. Moreover, students are also able to think more critically because of the extensive information available online.

The various educational software or apps have been designed to make learning easy and fun to the students. Through these apps and online resources, students can learn subjects that are difficult to them independently. Since students learn at their pace, understanding these concepts are made easier to them. They are free from the pressures and prejudices of others if they do not learn as fast as others do.

Technology supports differentiated instruction.

Teachers can use technology to cater to the different learning styles of their students. They can use assessment software to track students’ performance quickly. In doing so, designing an activity for each learning style is possible because teachers are aware of their students’ strengths and weaknesses. Also, there are so many available online sources that the teachers can choose from in designing their class activities. When students are taught according to their level, teachers can make sure that the learning objectives they set are being met.

Technology enhances students’ creativity and innovation.

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Through the various activities designed by the teachers to integrate technology in their teaching, students become more innovative and creative so that they can always do the tasks given to them well. Through independent research and manipulation of the different applications designed for learning, students can exercise their creativity and innovativeness.

So if you are still hesitating in taking a step a forward and use technology in your teaching, you better wait no more. When we incorporate technology in our classroom, we not only motivate our students to be more participative during lessons and independent in their learning, we are also preparing them to the outside world where knowledge in technology has become more of necessity rather than a passing leisure.

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TFT will also host its first ever Professional Development Workshop for teachers.  As we will be opening a tutorial center, it will be held there. The name of the tutorial center is Bruner Learning Hub located in Maly, San Mateo.

If you’re interested, please fill in your details in this Google form. We will email you the payment details and how to reserve your slot. Only 12 slots for this seminar-workshop! Register and book your slot today!

4 Ways Introvert Teachers Can Survive Teaching

For Introvert teachers, Teaching is probably more challenging for them compared to extroverted teachers.

I speak from experience.

I’m an Introvert. I get exhausted easily by being around people for a long time. How much more if these people are high-energy children?

I’m lucky to teach a small class size, but how about if you’re handling a large class? How do you survive the day as an introvert?

Here are 4 strategies that have served me well:

1. Recharge well after your classes. Every time alone away from the students should be used to recharge. Get a snack, do some quiet walk,  exercise or simply be alone in your thoughts would help you recharge.

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2. Sleep well and eat well. This gives you the much-needed boost to meet the energy of your students and for your patience to be really long. Being in a crowded, noisy classroom can be overwhelming for introverts. Keeping your body in good condition can give that extended boost to fight off the overwhelming feeling in a classroom.

3. Have your students do collaboration/group activities, instead of being too teacher-centered with all the attention on you. By having them in groups, you can go around and focus on each group. Introverts do well handling a small group, rather than one whole big group.

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Free Trait Theory

4. Apply the Free Trait Theory developed by Professor Brian Little. I read about this theory in the wonderful book by Susan Cain, Quiet: The power of Introverts in a world that can’t stop talking.

 

In this theory, we are all born and culturally endowed with certain personality traits, for example, being an introvert. But we are also capable of acting out of character in the service of “core personal projects”.

What this means is that we, the introvert teacher, can act like an extrovert for the sake of teaching, which is our calling.  So in the classroom, we play the extroverted educator, while outside it, we revert back to being an introvert.

I suppose if teaching is not your calling, this strategy would be hard to apply since it’s not a “core personal project” for you.

By apply the Free Trait Theory, it will be like doing some sort of acting, being a performer in the classroom.

Interestingly, the students of Professor Brian Little don’t believe or can’t imagine their beloved professor as an Introvert because of his dedication to teaching, his true calling.

So there, 4 strategies to help you, the introvert teacher. Do you have ideas to add on? Please share them in the comments below.

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TFT will also host its first ever Professional Development Workshop for teachers.  As we will be opening a tutorial center, it will be held there. The name of the tutorial center is Bruner Learning Hub located in Maly, San Mateo.

If you’re interested, please fill in your details in this Google form. We will email you the payment details and how to reserve your slot. Only 12 slots for this seminar-workshop! Register and book your slot today!