Although, the act and art of teaching is not essentially changing because education is about conveying knowledge and understanding from one person to another. We are in the era of technology, and from here on out technology will only grow exponentially with many benefits for today’s education. Tom Imburgia of Cardinal O’Hara high school, describes how teaching is evolving:
“I would like to emphasize the difference between information and knowledge. Anyone with an internet connection can access the world’s information reserve, understanding the content and assimilating it as knowledge is a different issue. I think the tools for teaching are evolving very quickly and certainly the content grows every day. Laptops, the internet, mobile phones and other smart devices are merely new tools to be applied to the age old process of creating synaptic connections.
Much like biological evolution, the evolution in education is also dependent upon the environment teachers and students exist within. Most recently, the demand for compliance to Common Core standards has driven curriculum decisions and therefore lesson planning and lessons themselves. Those who make a practice of studying the process of education delineate and promote theories which find acceptance or rejection for reasons that are at times impossible to discern. Often it seems that the temperature on the ground and in the classrooms as reported by the teachers is ignored if solicited at all” (personal communication, April 8, 2014).
Every teacher instills their lessons with different techniques, which exaggerates the importance of in-class teaching. Technology is on the rise, but can be very beneficial. Many of my current, and past teachers use smart boards, which consist of white screen projected from the ceiling. Some smart boards can even be written on with a smart pen. This technology enables us to surpass the limits of just reading words in a textbook, which will only value the future.
Apple products are also on the rise and consist of many applications for learning. Apple provides students grades kindergarten through college, the ability to access games and pertinent information on the subject of reading or math, which will enhance their knowledge even when they are not in the classroom. For instance, when I am not at school on the weekends, I babysit my three younger cousins who are between the ages of 1st through 4th grade. Every time I babysit, they are playing a game on their iPad, which may involve counting numbers and figuring out social scenarios. This example has such a huge, positive impact on the way students learn because they will take that information and use it, not for the reason they were forced to, but because they were doing something they enjoy.
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