Everyone of us aware about the significance and benefit of applying technology and digital devices in the classroom, however minor educators really use them in a proper way. Unfortunately, some teachers tend to accept “innovative” technologies as the source of entertainment, but not as a mean of learning process which facilitates the understanding and engagement. Moreover, unfortunately, another teachers are still savvy with electronic devices. Thus, it prevents them to apply and try out technologies in the classroom. Furthermore, teachers seem like afraid of loosing control and discipline in the classroom; when crowd of students are sitting in front of laptops or using their mobile phones to search information teachers do not not know how to manage this process of freedom and self-learning. It seems to them like students are just chatting or visiting sited irrelevant to the lesson. In addition, teachers tend to imagine themselves as the only monopoly who deliver credible and valid knowledge. This is not my subjective assumption; I have talked with different teachers. visit different lessons as a trainer and teacher, and myself also had the same concerns and hesitations on applying technologies in the classroom. One of my concerns was mobile phones and social networking – when I asked my students to use cell phones for some activities they immediately started to chat and “wander” in social networking sites. I could see it, slightly control, but I could not change their mind and persuade them to apply mobile phones rationally. When I came across with this video, I recognized the problem and felt like finding solution.
This you tube video is called “Singapore` 21 st” – Century Teaching Strategies (Education Everywhere Series)”. The video was provided by Edutopia, a company dedicated to improving the K-12 learning process through innovations that prepare students to thrive in their studies, careers, and adult lives. This amazing video describes the experience of one of the Singapore top “future schools” in applying innovative technologies in education process to develop the 21st -century skills of learners. NGEE Ann Secondary School is famous for talented teachers who produce effective teaching materials and try to engage every student; effective education program that really works. Video shows how teachers of this school use technology for providing instructions, monitor the learning process and enhance self -regulated learning. Students use the instant messaging tools by Wiki, Facebook and blogs to put their concerns while lesson proceeds, another students may see the question on the screen and reply. The teacher sees the questions; observes how students interact with each other; and facilitates learning instead of lecturing and giving the right answer.
It is so engaging! Pushing all 25 students, for example, in the class to participate and contribute is so hard. However, within opening 25 windows for 25 students you provide them electronic space for real-life learning, communication and discovery. Guys, you should click the button below and follow the video. I swear, you will absolutely enjoy video.
Edutopia. (March 14, 2012). Singapore`s 21-st-Century Teaching Strategies (Education Everywhere Series). Available on You tube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M_pIK7ghGw4