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To help today's students prepare for tomorrow's technology,
it's essential to keep the human element of teaching alive
To create adaptable students with transferable skills, it's important
to remember that technology alone is not enough to create an excellent
learning environment. Teachers remain an essential training component,
no matter how far technology advances.
It's true that technological skills are not just sought after but
expected, but stop and think about how quickly technology changes.
Remember the giant mobile phones people had in the '80s? How many of
those phone-owners realised that one day soon they would be replaced
by mini computers that could not only take calls, but carry out
hundreds of other tasks too?
While it's important that students learn how to get to grips with
today's technology, it would be dangerous to assume that was the be
all and end all. That thought process could result in a whole
generation of students who are highly skilled in operating a
technology that quickly becomes obsolete.
To help today's students prepare for tomorrow's technology, it's
essential to keep the human element of teaching alive. It isn't enough
to teach people how to use the enhanced learning aids at their
fingertips; focus should be on the knowledge these aids can unleash. A
textbook and a tablet computer may present exactly the same
information, but the crucial difference is found in the way a student
connects with it.
A good learning environment also relies on plenty of teacher-student
interactions, which helps raise enthusiasm and further understanding.
For students to really make the most of the technology at hand, a good
teacher should also be pushing them to see how they can adapt it to
their own needs and investigate how to harness its power creatively.
With a focus on learning for the future, TAFE NSW has a wide range of
courses to help today's students get ahead.