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{June 4, 2011}   Why shouldn’t teachers be afraid of technology?

As some of you know, in one of the subjects I’m attending at the Teacher Training College this year we are working with a topic that many teachers are still afraid of: technology.

Our professor invited us to a talk Nicholas Burbules was giving at UNQ last Tuesday and I must say it was amazing to listen to all those trues. I hoped to listen to some tips as regards how to implement technology in the classroom for those teachers that are still reluctant to do so, but anyway, the overall impression after the talk was that of having heard a precise round up of what I was working with at College.

To begin with, Nicholas provided a very clear explanation of why teachers MUST include technology in their lessons. Basically, he believes that there is no longer a one to one relation between teacher and student but a triangular relation:

With the presence of this new connectivity element, the teacher acquires a new role in the classroom: that of mediator of information. The teacher becomes a designer or the learning environment, s/he will have to adapt the situations according to the interests of their learners. The children of today are not like us: they prefer multitasking rather than doing one thing at the time, and they seem to have been born glued to a computer. That’s why we have to include technology. Schools are now full of digital natives, who demand motivating activities from their teachers.

Nicholas Burbules also demystified some teachers’ beliefs about technology in the classroom, concluding that edutainment IS posible and that we as teachers should concentrate on providing a “translation” of the information students come across.since there is nothing that can be understood exactly as the speaker says it – we have to negotiate  meaning in a meaningful context.

In his conclusion, he stated something that I want to quote as exact as I remember since I found it really important:

“Information is NOT knowledge.

The integration of learning and knowledge to create more complex structures is something that takes time.

Information comes quickly, but knowledge comes slowly

If you are interested in learning more about this conference and Nicholas Burbules, you can take a look at:

Interview (In Spanish)

Blog entry on Technology in the Classroom (In Spanish)

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