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Technology Changes Learning

LOOK upon technology as your friend, your helper, not as an enemy or something to be afraid of. Technology can give your students a window into the real world, and you the security of knowing that you are giving students the best possible preparation for the workforce.

There have been many changes in education delivery since I started teaching 25 years ago. I have taught in both public and private institutions. We transitioned from commercial subjects to vocational education and training (VET), which includes hundreds of Training Packages and thousands of modules. The teacher is now a guide or facilitator to direct students in their learning.

Computers and the internet have created new opportunities for teaching and learning. Technology allows us as teachers to design useful and practical learning environments that emphasise how learning activities relate to employment in the real world.

Back in 1992 we used electric and memory typewriters and very basic 486 computers. There were no off-the-shelf packages such as Excel or Word, MYOB, email or Facebook. Computers, then, were a source of change in activities and they were used mostly for typing tasks. Accounting was the manual bookkeeping system of Journals and Cash Books and Profit and Loss. Most things were done manually.

Teachers had to learn not only how to use computers, but also how to adjust their lessons to suit new and growing technology. Today, it is even harder to keep up with our students.

Don’t despair. Computers and the internet have created new opportunities for teaching and learning. Technology allows us as teachers to design useful and practical learning environments that emphasise how learning activities relate to employment in the real world.

Technology helps us to:

I have found that using technology to facilitate tasks in Training Packages can bring more interaction between nationalities than in the classroom-only setting. Students seem to be more relaxed and open to others when working at their tasks in this way. Often they brainstorm using their iPads or phones to come up with ideas and various options for solving problems. This especially helps students who have little or no work experience.

I use technology to my advantage. For example, it is difficult to get students away from Facebook, so why not get with it and be creative and merge tasks with a Facebook exercise. By doing this I find that students are only too willing to get started.

Tips for incorporating technology in your lessons

Technology in learning is your friend.

Janet K.
Teacher
August 2013


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