Making Life Easier For A Teacher
Jan 11, 2014 Teaching 2288 Views
There are companies out there who are busy working on new technologies because they want to make life easier for the teacher. You can argue until you are blue in the face about whether this should be done, but this is something that is going to have with innovative technologies.
Now, lets take a trip down memory lane, a trip to when you were at school. The year is 1990 and a teacher's job is very hard. Let's look at the day from their point of view.
They go into the classroom and manually take the register. Now, the class begins. They are on their feet all day because they have to work at the chalkboard. They have to write endlessly on the board because they have to stop and change for different classes. They might have to do the same lesson over and over again for different students and this will mean drawing and writing the same thing over and over again.
Their life is very monotonous. Their legs and arms are probably aching. But, their workday doesn't end there. They will have to go home and do their marking in each exercise book and then make lesson plans for more classes. Their life is endless and they are way underpaid.
Now, lets fast forward a few years to today. In the year 2013 a teacher's life is a lot different. They will go into their classroom, sit at their desk and they have a electronic tablet. They will do the register on that, with the touch screen. The class register will automatically come up and it will take seconds for the register to be done. Some tablets might know which student is in their seat because they have connected their own tablet to the network. Yes, the students will have tablets too.
The teachers will use something called an interactive white board instead of a chalkboard. They will control it from their tablet and they won't have to stand up unless they want to. Their lesson plans will be saved so they can just pull them up from the tablet each lesson. It still might be a bit monotonous but at least they don't have to do the writing over and over again.
The students can interact with the whiteboard from their own tablets, or they can walk up to the board and write on it with special pens. With the interactive white board, more than one student can use the board at the same time. One could be writing, the other could be erasing and the others could be drawing. Each student will be using their own color pen so they know which work is their own.
Teachers will have the opportunity to show movies or slides from their tablet using a projector onto the white board. With the board being white, it is perfect for a projector and acts like a HD screen.
There will be a network in place in the classroom. The students will hook their tablets up to the network and they can save the teacher's notes and even some of the slides and clips. It is up to them.
You are probably thinking that this could mean the students don't have to do any work and they don't even need the teacher. However, technology isn't being designed to take the place of the teacher, it is meant to be an aide for teachers and students alike.
For example, if a student is reading notes and they don't understand a certain concept, the white board, or the tablets are not going to be able to explain the concept. Only a teacher can do something like this. No amount of technology can replace the personal relationship of the student and the teacher, but it can help to make their lives easier.