Redifining the Human
Once more I am late for writing my blog this week and I have just finished watching the final activities before the course ends. However, I have my ideas about the different conditions of human and non-human creatures.
HUMAN BEINGS ARE DIFFERENT.
The videos present different situations, but again I am optimistic and I believe that human beings will cope with technology and will learn to live in symbiosis with new tools while at the same time they will make progress at work, at university and also at school. We do need to believe that the technological revolution has already started and the process will continue but teachers will continue working with students and be great tutors and helpers for them.
WHY HUMAN BEINGS CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE
We have feelings, we have eyes and special sensibilities that cannot make us become like robots; artificial intelligence will not be brighter than us.
I have seen that thanks to technology education is now a global village where we are teachers who continue studying, learning and developing new skills while we work from home and at school................and we can say that now we can rely on our students' help. Yes, they can make a difference , but we should trust all of them and base our work on collaborative activities, teaching them how to work in a different environment. Collaboration on line should be shared by most schools and teachers because we can learn more if we can work together. Thus PBL( Project Based Learning) should be one of the most important activities at school.
EDUCATION AND INTERNET
The article presented on line is interesting and it has made me think a lot : it is true that today we read and study in a different way but I would also like to say that if we have the right tools and we have taught our students how to use them education and internet and computers can make a great job together.
I was born in the XX century and my education was based on books, pens and paper. I learnt to use the typewriter, then the first computers more than 20 years ago, I am still learning how to use new tools for teaching in a better way.
I like what BILL GATES wrote in his blog http://www.gatesnotes.com/Education/Education-2:
"I believe a lot of good teachers could become truly great teachers if we can get better at identifying and measuring effective teaching, investing in helping teachers improve, and rewarding excellence.
I also believe technology can help teachers be more effective and make learning more interesting. "
I would add that teachers are responsible not only for teaching the skills and the subjects they have studied and are specialized in : they should be able to teach students how to use the new tools in education. Internet and e-readers ,e-books should make our work and study much better and a life-long process into life. Because EDUCATION is life.
This is my final presentation for the ARTEFACT I have been working on in the last ten days: I chose an old library to start with then I worked on the idea of education in the XXI century.
E-learning and Digital culture can open new ways to us as teachers and students. We are entering a different period in the life of men but once more we are responsible or our process of learning and we can have fun. I chose the short story by ASIMOV to tell everybody that the characters in the story were a bit fed up with their situations in the school of the future . Today in our schools we can work on line and also off line in a better learning environment and also teachers can now improve their competences thanks to the websites. And we have interactions with our students : FB or TWITTER and also a lot of discussions with them. Because we care.
Human relationships will not disappear but technologies will make our life different and we will choose WHAT, HOW and WHEN to study. Critical thinking skills will remain the most important skills we should all have and it is the role of the teacher, as a guide and facilitator to help his/her students to become better citizens of the world.
29 November 2014 English Language Teacher
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