Going High-Tech or Staying Low-Tech?
By its very nature, technology develops at a fast pace and making it accessible to the learners and teachers is an ongoing challenge. The incorporation of information communication technology into the classroom is no more a choice teachers could make today but a necessity many educational institutions are taking seriously. The use of I.C.T has proved its efficiency as it supports teaching and learning in handling complicated teaching matters and providing sound learning as well. Therefore it is no exaggeration to see that much has been published, whether in public or in private, about the good returns of the technical world. However though, it seems that some teachers are still uncertain about going high-tech or staying “low-tech”; that is, sticking to the traditional tools of teaching like the board and the marker at best.
Many of I.C.T users claim the great utility it can bring in to the classroom because it simply has made their life easier; it facilitates teaching and learning by creating more interaction and generating more engagement. The course gets lively and so are the learners as tension goes away thanks to the marvelous devices of technology. The generation of today certainly appreciates this type of change because it relies on pictures and images to learn; to memorize, retain and store information. With the digital world, learners can make solid associations by which they will be able to retrieve whatever they have been exposed to in previous sessions. So, instead of being dependent of the teacher’s guidance, students can learn independently and in their own way and pace. They can also find and use a massive amount of resources online, without the help of the teacher.
Unlikely, for some teachers especially in the third world where technological tools are lacking to a great extent and not trained to use technology in their classrooms, they are simply suffering from techno-phobia. Besides the schools which are not equipped with technological devices, their ignorance of how to manipulate computers and data-shows, or the like is really remarkable. There’s also the fear of change which is holding them back to exploit the creepy machines. Added to this, the unavailability of technological equipments is another problem that explains why many teachers are still not benefitting from this revolutionary world. In short, they can’t go high-tech even if it is a necessity nowadays.
To conclude, in order to use technology effectively, educators need to be trained in using technology in their daily life and in the classrooms as well as developing a good understanding of it. Technology is used to enhance learning; therefore, everybody needs to be comfortable using it as to take the full advantage of it.