10 thoughts on “Thought Paper 4”

  1. Here we are, head-on with the future –yet the digital revolution has hardly even begun. Technical progress has been made since the invention of digital computers, but we’ve got a long way to go before these devices become transparent tools for teaching and learning that we want them to be.

    The future of education is online. The old idea Tthat the local expert on physics (physics teacher) should teach physics — exactly that an old idea. The old idea of teaching that is standing up and talking while students take notes is another antiquated idea. All courses at all levels, from elementary school through college, can and will be converted into “learning by doing” courses that take true advantage of the simulation capacity of computers to provide lifelike “doing” scenarios mentored by the world experts.

    With this process of learning we need teachers to help guide through students in the more human areas like; how to deal with real people problems, how to communicate with real people, etc.

  2. I don’t agree with the criticism made by some parents that there is tooo much emphasis in our schools today using cmputrers rather than teaching the basics. Computer vs. basics is not either/or proposition. Computers are basics. Students don’t study basics instead computing; students study basics using computing technology.
    As they should, teachers drills students in multiplication tables or verb conjunctions is a squandering of their knowledge and talents. Off-loading repetitive or mundane task to computers helps get maximum value from increasingly scarce teaching money. Rather than the teacher trying to drill 20 students with different skill levels simultaneously, computers can work with all students at their own pace and determine areas that need further study. Interactive software tailors the learning experience by evaluating the child’s abilities, learning style, and social context.

  3. Its an undeniable fact that ICT has become a great force to reckon with in the twenty-first century and ever growing. Inevitably, education will be one area that would be greatly affectly, hence, schools will have to modify their approaches to instructio.

    Also, those people who have not had the privillege of further education due to some reason or the other, will be able to do so now and not neccessarily having to go back to the classroom for instruction. One will only have to do so at his or her convienient time over the internet.

    Having said that, ICT have its own problems. The traditional role of a teacher can not be replaced with machines or robots, students needs the encouragement of teachers to learn, to be guided, the psychological needs can’t be met by ICT.

  4. Information technology has a great contribution of learning in our times. Schools and educational institutions today have computers to make the tasks efficient. It is helpful in organizing works and making plans for the betterment of schools. I can say that the world is progressing through technology by computers, media and gadgets. However, as things getting advanced, as more problems will be encountered when information technology was used all around the globe. For example, those computer programmers that make computer virus, spywares, malwares, and other risk, they want to corrupt the files or buy an anti – virus program for computers from them which are infected. But that’s not the big issue in terms of educational leadership; every computer users encounter these problems. The thing that contributes impact to education by information technology is how the users using it and those who were not computer literate. Hackers are only few in this world that knows all information, even the confidential files can be hacked. School settings sometimes hiring people that knowledgeable enough to use computer like encoding, organizing for filing and making plans but they can’t use the updated programs in it. Users don’t want to upgrade themselves in terms of computer literacy. Many schools today are using information technology to gather more information in the fastest time. It is more efficient and effective if the intension is to help and learn about this. More leaders of today are learning how to use computers and other gadgets. For me, it is helpful in leading schools.

  5. The best method for improving educational standards is to utilize every tool available, including state-of-the-art technology. Computers and the Internet have expanded the way in which information can be delivered to the students of today. Today’s networking technologies provide a valuable opportunity to practice new learning techniques.
    Educators are discovering that computers are facilitating learning. Computer based communications, or Telecommunications, can offer many educational opportunities; therefore, educators will need to adapt current teaching methods to incorporate this new media into the classroom.

    Computers have made a fundamental impact in most industries, providing a competitive advantage that has come to be essential to many businesses. Therefore, schools must also use technology to improve the educational process. School systems often consider purchasing a computer network, and justify its purchase by applying it to routine administrative tasks, such as attendance records and grading. While these tasks are very important, they only show a small part of what technology can do for a school.
    Technology must go further than simply keeping attendance; it must focus on keeping students interested and productive.

    Technology is related to increases in student performance when interactivity and other important features of instructional design are applied to its use. Teacher preparation, follow-up staff development, and technical assistance are critical prerequisites for effective technology applications. Planned integration of technology in education that directly involves teachers consistently allows teachers to engage students in meaningful educational experiences and allows more time for individualized instructional opportunities.

  6. As customary as it maybe, people see technology as very useful for advancement. Imagine how one can talk to a person from afar and some of those tales about the miracle brought by technology. After all, it really should become nowadays’ hero. The burst of technology may seem to be intimidating, though. I mean, not all (hey, it is not only about their age…) are experts concerning the usage of gadgets and humans think they’re gonna be replaced by it. In the educational scene though, I must say technology is very useful considering all the paper works and files to be kept. It’s powerful too to present lessons captivatingly. Being responsible in using it and instilling in minds that technology should just be an aid would keep humans and gadgets in balance.

  7. Technology nowadays is fast approaching. It has been a great impact in the society, business and especially in the field of education. The revolution of technology will profoundly affect schools to be will organized and globally competitive to the increasing needs of technology. Through technology, work will be more efficient and teaching in schools will be more effective, that is why it greatly affects the overall quality of teaching in schools thus, having technology as an advance tools for instructional materials and other significant purposes. With the use of technology, learning is also fast approaching and even better for all students. Using technology as an advance tool for learning can significantly lead schools for success as well as business transactions and other forms of organizations. Teachers who have knowledge about technology can sustain more on the increasingly needs of students, to learn and be acquainted about this tool and how it will highly affect their learning as a learner. There are a lot of significant aspects about technology and with proper use of this tool; school and other organizations will profoundly achieve their goals leading for a better future.

  8. The coming of Information Technology has radically affected the running of schools and educational institutions.
    Advancement in technology has made day to day activities in learning institutions easier and reliable.
    From facilitation of documentation to accountability and time-saving, Information Technology strives at ensuring better running of schools. On the other hand, IT is not easy to maintain and in cases of viral attacks, it may prove too costly.

    In the olden days, documentation of school records was done manually, which proved cumbersome and time-consuming. With the emergence of IT, schools can now thank technology for making documentation as easy as a ‘click and save’ process. Accountability has also been achieved through the use of IT. It ensures an easy access to records, thus easy accountability. Reliability of IT is trusted enough to allow for time-saving, thus effective running of schools. For instance if an administrator needed information about a given student, all he has to do is click on the student’s name on the database and all information about the given student will present itself on the page :from financial to social and academic achievements.

    On the other hand, IT has proved as a hindrance when it comes to financial reasons. Simply because it is rather costly. Not all schools can afford reliable Information Technology systems to keep records. In this regard, institutions with higher financial capability will seem better run than their financially challenged counterparts. This will result in an imbalanced school society.
    Computers are notoriously known for viral attacks. Whenever a system is attacked by a computer virus, sometimes very important information is lost and cannot be recovered. This is also common during major server breakdowns. As much a data entry is reliable and safe, the effects of information loss are mostly deep in case of virus attacks or system breakdowns. Yet ,we can say that technology is really very useful now a days and with its proper use it makes the work better and more convenient specifically in the educational settings.

  9. Thought Paper 4

    “If we don’t anticipate the future now and the key role new technologies will play, we will be left behind.” This is the statement that John Chambers, the chairman and CEO of CISCO Systems commented in Forbes.com. He said that technology play a greater role in our educational system which is indeed true. Technology helps the educational system. The vast information needed in education is easily available through it. However, the technologies that should be used which can help students achieve in school are only those proven to be effective by the most recent research and development findings to be sure that the impact to the learners is positive.
    The efficiency and effectiveness of the educational institutions is already improved because of technology innovation. For example, in scheduling, the time and the effort using software can be reduced and the overlapping of rooms and time would be avoided just like in the school where I’d taught before. The use of rooms has conflict often because the people who make such schedule made mistakes. When it comes to a big school, many people also are involve in scheduling, like for example in the school I taught with four thousands students, ten teachers made the schedule but by using software in scheduling, the work could be done with only one person in a short period of time.
    In the future, schools would be profoundly affected on how it would be led and organized because of technological revolution so it is of most importance that educational leaders have the understanding and the skills both pedagogically and technically to be able to align the curriculum in such area. Leaders need to have a coordinated, holistic approach in building capacities, relationships, and competencies that will support and guide learning institutions to be able to integrate and use technology because there is no other way, but to adapt such innovation so that we will not be left out as Mr. Chambers pointed out and for sure educators included I would certainly agree.

  10. Today, the term Information Technology has ballooned to encompass many computing and technology, and the term is more recognizable than even before. Just as information technology has improved effectiveness in medicine, finance, manufacturing, and numerous other sectors of society, advanced computing and telecommunications have the potential to help students master complex 21st century skills. Research-based curriculum projects are developing technologies that enable online virtual communities of practice using advanced tools to solve real world problems. Learners engage in guided, reflective inquiry through extended projects that inculcate sophisticated concepts and skills and generate complex products. Pupils act as partners in developing learning experiences and generating knowledge, and students’ collaborative construction of meaning is enhanced via different perspectives on shared experiences. Simulation and visualization tools help students recognize patterns, reason qualitatively about physical processes, translate among frames of reference, and envision dynamic models. These curricular approaches improve success for all types of learners and may differentially enhance the performance of at-risk students.
    With this technology-based evolution in the educational umbrella, it is the largest leap from yesterday’s workplace to tomorrow’s in the last two centuries. Since one of education’s goals is to prepare students for work and citizenship, schools have to change or revise their policies, practices, and curriculum to meet the challenge of making pupils ready for a future quite different than the immediate past. Realizing these capabilities requires a complex implementation process that includes sustained, large-scale, simultaneous innovations in curriculum; pedagogy; assessment; professional development; administration; organizational structures; strategies for equity; and partnerships for learning among schools, businesses, homes, and community settings. All these emphasize innovations and new sustainable approaches in leadership and organization of the school with the pleasure that can be brought by computer-based systems. More works will be easier done with the presence of software applications and computer hardware. Instructions and other service related works can be far much improved and interesting, too. The task then of the leaders of the school is how to abreast leadership in the sophisticated virtual world. However, technology is not a ‘vitamin’ whose mere presence in schools catalyses better educational outcomes; the issue is not whether administrational cues or instructional tools are more efficient at accomplishing current goals with conventional methods, but instead how emerging media can provide an effective means of reaching essential educational objectives in the technology-driven evolution of a knowledge-based economy.

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