- Maimoona Wasif
Social and Tech Advancements: Teachers' tools of the future?
Hello TED Community,
We all see the giant leaps in technological and digital advancements that have made tablets, smart phones, phablets and social networking an integral part of our lives. Almost every student (refering to highschool/undergrads) is seen sporting a smart phone and vigorously using social media. However, the larger teaching community globally remains skeptic of incorporating these tools in mainstream teaching. My question is whether these tools can actually help maximize learning and enhance creativity rather than being a perceieved need due to the recent spotlight on being up to date with the latest tech.
In my opinion, technology can be used as a tool but should not be intended to completely overtake the role of the teacher as face to face interaction is crucial and shouldn't be compromised on, only in cases when the person is benefitting from online classes and cannot attended them in person. There are so many benefits ranging from teacher student interactive communication using social media as well as providing a stream of information on on going activities with live feeds. Numerous website offer interactive learning models, for example for courses like biology, physics, etc. that make learning truly fascinating.
What, in your opinion, can be the pros and cons of integrating tech tools in teaching?