Digital Teaching

Posted: September 4, 2013 in Uncategorized

The class I just came out of was Physical Geology, where you’d expect at least PowerPoints about Geology and the works. Instead, I had to sit through a presentation of pictures from the overhead and whatever he attempted to draw on the chalkboard. This begs the question, what is the point of students having technology if their teachers refuse to use it in the classroom?
Now I understand how some may consider an overhead as technology, but it is an outdated one. Chalkboards on the other hand aren’t even technology at all. Yes, he is like 70 or 80 something so the idea that he sticks with what he’s comfortable with is understandable. The thing is, to be an effective teacher, you have to learn to adapt to what will help the students learn better. You are a bridge connecting the student to the information. You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t get him to drink it. Same concept. If your class is either falling asleep or on their phones and the class is in the middle of the afternoon, the problem most likely isn’t that they didn’t get enough sleep, the problem could be that the teaching isn’t effective. While I rant on this, I am fully aware that teaching the same thing through a different perspective is one of the hardest things to do, but it gets easier over time. Even a powerpoint can be helpful in learning something abstract as geology, but if you don’t try to use it, the it’ll never be effective.
Most people now use powerpoints to get the most basic stuff shown, like you’re suppose to, like pictures and bullet points. The technology they struggle with now is Smartboards. These are combining the projector and a whiteboard, or in other words, a digital dry erase board. We have come a long way since using chalkboards as the norm..and it should stay that way. We shouldn’t be going back to chalkboard, leave them in the Evolution of Education history, it is time to adapt with the times no matter what subject you teach. Even the smallest improvement is simply that, an improvement.
It’s the social Darwinism of teaching, keep up or fade away. The way to go is digital and not to look back.

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