Technology has changed the world of teaching as we know it. However, despite gifting schools with access to new resources, collaborative learning tools, and increased flexibility, some teachers are still dubious about the benefits technology can deliver to the classroom.
When it comes to traditional education vs. modern education, which is better?
Technology cannot, of course, replace teachers and despite the amount of time most pupils spend glued to a screen, virtual learning will never recreate the teacher-student bond. No former student has ever sent a heartfelt letter to a computer years after leaving school to thank it for going that extra mile to get them where they are today! But, when it comes to the old education vs. modern education debate, is the conflict really necessary?
The reality is that advancements in educational technology are not about replacing teachers, or even traditional teaching methods. Instead, many of today’s modern teaching methods are simply an evolution of older techniques.
Who teachers are and who they teach remains the same.
What teachers stand for and what they aim to accomplish hasn’t altered.
Where teachers work and why they do what they do remains steadfast.
It is simply the how teachers teach that has changed – but not as much as you might think.
Helping to demonstrate the evolution of teaching and technology, we’ve created the following infographic to shed some light on how modern technology is helping some teachers give their tried and trusted learning practices a new lease of life.
The evolution of modern teaching methods – in detail
- Improved pupil/teacher interaction. Technology introduces a plethora of tools to help stimulate real-time teacher interaction with students. For example, while teachers used to put paper over a question on an overhead projector and remove to reveal the answer, today’s educational software has taken these old methods and modernised them. In ActivInspire, for example, the Revealer Tool mimics this method, allowing teachers to hide and reveal information on screen.
- Increased efficiencies. Gone are the days when you had to save lesson content on a roller chalkboard or prepare each lesson on the chalkboard in advance. Now teachers can use platforms such as ClassFlow to create new and import existing lessons that can be reused time and time again.
- More inspiring learning. Historically, pupils learned from textbooks. However augmented reality, virtual reality, gamification, and 3D printers are now being used to create multi-sensory, immersive learning experiences. Just imagine the thrill of watching the battle of Waterloo from the comfort of the classroom!
- Reduced assessment burden. Rather than spending endless hours marking, ClassFlow lets teachers create and run assessments, and export results, quickly and easily; with the ability to mark and collate responses at the moment of learning, in real-time.
- Maximised learning time. Homework has long been used by teachers to help maximise learning. However, some schools are flipping the script, with pupils using technology to watch lectures outside the classroom, and complete corresponding tasks in school hours, with teachers on hand to answer any questions. Support materials for an assignment can include a ClassFlow lesson, weblink, document, video and ClassFlow assessment. Teachers can even set collaborative homework assignments.
- Improved personalisation. Everyone learns a little differently. While teachers have long strived to meet the needs of all their pupils – painstakingly setting and photocopying different assignments or assessments for different students depending on their abilities. Technology designed for the classroom, such as ClassFlow, makes this process a whole lot easier.
- Increased innovation. Digital skills are needs for a digital age. While, historically, pupils learned these skills in related classrooms (e.g. computing), technology is now a core part of the learning experience across all subjects.
- Improved access to resources. Once upon a time books were the only way to get your hands on valuable teaching material. However, educational tools now provide access to a plethora of online educational resources, and the latest web content to help supplement lessons; ensuring information is up-to-date and relevant.
- Greater pupil confidence. For years, teachers have been asking their classes questions in a bid to stimulate discussion and feedback – with eager students sticking their hands in the air. Today, technology lets pupils send their answers, from their device directly to yours – promoting deeper learning and engagement while increasing the participation of all pupils.
- Improved pupil behaviour. Helping to create a more positive learning environment, historically teachers would write or set a meeting to inform parents of their child’s behaviour. Today, teachers have access to apps such as Class Dojo, which lets them provide instant online feedback on a child’s conduct for everyone, including parents, to see.