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Has technology changed the way we teach?

Watch teachers talking about technology and how it has changed, or hasn’t changed the way they teach.
Last week, you looked at some of the 21st century skills which are important for teachers and learners. This week focuses on another key skill for the 21st century, integrating technology. Although we often think of technology in terms of the latest digital tools, it can mean anything from an audio player to full internet access in the place where you work. The question of how far the new literacies of 21st century technology should or can be integrated into classroom language teaching is an interesting one. Some argue that the way we ask learners to access and produce information should reflect the ways that they do this in real life, but classrooms don’t always reflect the digital reality of the outside world.
You’re going to listen to teachers talking about how technology has changed and also hasn’t changed the way they teach English. Who do you agree with? Has technology changed the way you teach?
Well, I can say technology, I’ve never used much. Really, I won’t be grading students on that one! I would never use it much. But since the students have cell phones, I always believe that Google has everything they need. And I always advise them that with the data panels that you have, instead of just gossiping, sending messages to each other, you can actually Google the poems that you’re doing. You get the notes. Google is rich with everything that you need in the classroom. So they can actually Google their poems, read notes which are there. There are many websites where they can actually get the poems which are actually prescribed, where they can do worksheets with answers which are there.
So it is the only way. Otherwise, I’m not that much on technology, yes.
I’m not a great admirer of technology, because I think the teacher is the most important person in the classroom. And I feel that over the years, technology has taken centre stage in the classroom. I personally feel that technology has more of an entertainment value in the classroom. But I still believe in the more conventional way of teacher and the student being the most important people in the classroom, and not giving it away to technology to become the most important aspect in the classroom.
Traditionally, until I think 2013, we didn’t use technology at all in the classes. But now, the PowerPoint has been installed in almost all the classes in our institution. And we are using PowerPoints to teach our students, both undergraduate and postgraduate students. And we are also using the computer and the amplifier to do some listening practise and some speaking practise. We are also giving some visual input to the learners by using video and projecting different texts. So I think that this has made the teaching and learning both enjoyable to us as well as our students. So the response that we get from our student teachers has made me feel very confident and satisfied, which we didn’t feel so far.
Well, it did change a lot. Technology now made my life as a teacher easier by providing lots of things that can help me teach my students and can help the students learn as well. And it’s also a platform for communication among teachers and also students.
It did change the way I teach, especially in the way that it required me to do more preparation before teaching. At that time in my school, we didn’t have a computer room. So before teaching, I had to dedicate some time to carry all the equipments, for example, the TV, the slide projector, everything, into my class. So it required a lot of preparation as well as energy as well, yeah.

Suzanne introduces this week’s focus on information communications technology (ICT).

Watch teachers talking about technology and how it has changed, or hasn’t changed the way they teach.

  • Who do you agree with?
  • Has technology changed the way you teach? How?
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