How Technology Enables the Future for Today’s Educators
Once solely a function of education institutions, today’s learners utilize technology as an invaluable tool for learning, adapting how we focus our education around our abilities and interests.
Technology In Education
Understanding how students use technology in their education—their dedication and commitment to incorporating tools with learning—inspires us and enables us to imagine a new role for today’s educators. With learning science becoming a respected field of study, incorporating research and recommendations about educational methods into course design is key.
Distill these concepts into course ideas that students can engage with—we can see that as a gap in our educational ecosystem that we must bridge. By using students’ particular aptitudes and capabilities, education is now closely tied to the next step, education’s need to enable the “learned as you go” approach.
Today’s students are the most active learners in history and they expect continuous learning. The result: more innovation and creativity in teaching.
We can remove part of the friction found in many of our old learning practices. This, in turn, makes our teaching more effective. Technology opportunities exist to deliver new teaching insights. For example, tablet innovation is providing a new vantage point for teachers in both class-based and interactive platforms. Now, all courses are free to learn and more about technology than ever. Our new future is exciting because it introduces new ways of managing learning and incorporating new technologies into our education.
How Can We Entertain and excite Students?
In certain situations, technology and content will serve as the catalysts for our approach to teaching, but in general, content and content mastery will be the keys to making a connection with the student. For example, in my master’s thesis my thesis focused on the “social identity and culture of zen,” an ancient Japanese art of thought, making a connection with modern technology to “ignite that spark to catch lightning.”
Let’s consider what technologies do—provide access to knowledge and experiences—but most importantly, what do they focus on? To help me explore these avenues, I looked into diverse subjects such as art, history, philosophy, language, science, history, the great world religions, music, film, and science fiction. In each case, the focus is on what I believe to be our common humanity: connecting with each other, learning from the examples of others, overcoming our biases, and living life in an attempt to understand, celebrate, and expand in order to improve our connection with each other.
However, some subjects are fundamentally more critical than others: how to grow a student, challenge stereotypes, develop empathy, develop communication, and encourage resistance—these topics are crucial to the attainment of continuous learning. In each of the categories, the focus remains on how we improve each other; so we understand each other and collaborate to better our society. In addition, many departments use technology differently to explore and enhance their students’ learning. “…how will we harness technology to the purpose of developing the individual, connecting the individual to the world around him, and creating the world that he might create…”
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