TEACHERS TRAINING AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
To remain relevant, educational technology must adapt to meet the changing needs of our time.
Modern technology is an important classroom tool. As the modern era brings changes in learning, the teacher-centered approach to education is becoming obsolete. The future of education lies in a student-centered approach, focusing on personalized learning and collaborative engagement.
The shift in educational technology also brings about a shift in the role of teachers, who need be trained in new ways of engagement.
Collaboration between Teachers and Students
Educational technology provides the means for collaboration between teachers and students. With the advent of social media, students and teachers alike are accustomed to sharing news, events and research with their social networks on a daily basis. These social habits can be duplicated in the educational setting; allowing students to express concerns and ask questions in a familiar format through an educational website. We work to train educators about the classroom applications of modern technologies.
Creative collaboration also engages students to share their strengths and pool their knowledge together towards a common goal. It gives an opportunity to students to better manage constructive criticism from their peers. Teaching educators how to best guide these experiences can mean the difference between the success and failure of any program.
At LIAISON-USA, we help train educators in next generation educational methods. We strongly believe that focusing on evolutionary educational practices is of the highest priority.
Modern educational technology has the ability to bridge the gap between students and their highest learning potential. In order to achieve that potential, educators must be trained to properly implement this technology
When considering a new educational program, it is important to ask a few questions. Does the program have educational value? Is it committed to student learning? Is the program easy to implement and use? Is the program interactive and engaging? These major questions need to be answered positively before proceeding with implementation of any educational technology.
Fortunately, new and engaging software which stimulates the highest capacity of learning is brought out at a rapid rate, ready to be employed in the classroom.
The current education system is largely dominated by an old model of teacher-centered education. This approach to education has been around for centuries, and has evolved relatively little. Teachers, as the classroom authority, are required to educate a group of students, with varying degrees of understanding, to reach a common level of knowledge.
This system places all the powers of education outside the hands of the students, who are simply seen as empty vessels. Instead of valuing critical thinking, students learn that authority figures such as teachers will provide them with everything they need to know.
This method of thinking puts all of the responsibility of learning on the teacher, and reduces the chances of any real success in the educational system.
An implementation of modern educational technology in this instance is various software programs which students use to learn subjects based on their individual level of understanding. By introducing an engaging program to the classroom that allows students to learn the material at their own pace, the entire group can make progress towards the desired level of knowledge. This technology frees teachers to properly engage students on a personal level as needed. This learning method is often called “The flipped classroom”, as it focuses on a student-centered approach. Students take part in their own education, and the teacher is by their side as a guide through the educational process.