This dynamic duo is here not to replace you, not to change you, but to enable you to move forward with the times, to reflect circumstances in the real world and to prepare students as citizens of the future. Many critics of using technology in education cite the idea that once students start using technology, they’ll be unable to be creative anymore. In fact, technology and creativity really go hand in hand – more than you might imagine.
Students Already Use Technology
I can’t imagine anyone who has a great tool such as technology at his disposal and does not use it to their advantage. Students are aware of its facility and its creative potential. Technology is nothing new to them; almost every aspect of their life requires its use and given any gadget they become most imaginative.
Teachers can still hold onto the teaching values you hold dear while embracing technology and promoting creativity in the classroom. Discover how appealing and engaging lessons using new media can be and how creative your students, not to mention- you and your teaching- can become.
While some teachers are joined at the hip with their netbooks and will easily juggle any lesson using smartphones, tablets or any other technology for that matter, there are those who won’t always admit to it but they lack confidence in their abilities. This fact may sound like a serious shortcoming for a teacher of the world but a short glimpse on the flip side will take care of that.
We owe it to ourselves and to our students to become further acquainted with the technology available. Take another class-knowing the basics just won’t cut it anymore. You can browse online – there are a wide range of options available for basic technology skills – or pop in at the store and ask for a full description and a demonstration of the latest in technology gadgets if you have to. That in itself will get you thinking and acting creatively.
Even if you feel as though technology isn’t your strongest asset, we’re betting that there is someone in your classroom who has a great level of comfort with the tools – your students. What better way to be creative than turn the lesson over to your students. However young they are, they will eagerly initiate you into the secrets of the arcane and they will find ways to teach you all about it. There’s no worrying what they’ll think about your limited technical knowledge. The whole process is a creative one. They’ll be more than happy to oblige. They sometimes know their way around a keyboard, a screen, a game better than any expert in the field. Don’t hesitate to tap into their young expertise to get a creative, technology based lesson going.
Create Something Together
Everyone is talking about how creative teaching is changing their experience in the classroom. The teacher next door may have been raving about how his lessons took off once he incorporated different technologies into his teaching but you weren’t listening then. Down the hall there is a teacher who has been experimenting with mobile learning and students are spreading the word. In the staff room you heard about how blended learning seems to be paying off. You know it’s time to turn to a colleague for help. Open up, discuss your concerns, collaborate, organize a workshop, learn from one another and perhaps the joint work will create something real promising for the whole school.
With the media available you will be saving time and energy not to mention taking pride in a whole new set of creative activities on your daily teaching agenda. It’s great that you are in tune with the latest but everyone needs to keep abreast of the trends in technology. New arrivals hit the market daily and your ultra- modern smartphone may be deemed outdated overnight. Technology is here to stay and it is so quick to change! Learn to adapt just as fast.
Acquiring the technical skills prepares the stage for a lot of creative teaching and learning. Once you open up your classroom doors to the magnificent duo, you will find that it is easier to approach your students’ present reality and to help them prepare for their future.