This morning when I opened up my email I discovered and interesting article supplied by Kim Marshall in her newsletter. I usually scroll through and just glance at the articles but this one caught my eye. As I read it, I agreed with the author and felt affirmed with what we as Instructional Technology believe as we see the potential that tools of technology has to offer teachers and our students. Enjoy and I hope you respond back with your opinion.
How Will Technology Affect the Teaching Profession?
In this Education Gadfly article, Bryan Hassel and Emily Ayscue Hassel argue that “digital education needs excellent teachers and that a first-rate teaching profession needs
digital education.” They believe technology will transform teaching in three ways:
• Extending the reach of the best teachers – In the digital future, highly effective teachers will make even more of a difference to students, say Hassel and Hassel. Technology will deliver core knowledge and skills to more students. What will differentiate outcomes for schools, states, and nations is how well teachers do the more complex instructional tasks:
- Motivating students to go the extra mile;
- Teaching time management;
- Addressing social and emotional issues that affect learning;
- Diagnosing problems and making changes in real time.
The best teachers have always done this, but in traditional classrooms, they only reach 20-25 percent of students. Technology has the potential to take care of mundane instructional work, freeing top-notch teachers to spend more time on higher-level activities and reach more students. It will also be possible for master teachers to reach students in other classrooms, cities, and countries by using web cameras, videos, and well-designed instructional software.
• Attracting and retaining the best – Technology-enhanced teaching should make the profession more rewarding for the best and brightest, say Hassel and Hassel, “wooing unfulfilled engineers and lawyers to a better life.”
• Boosting effectiveness and job options for average teachers – It’s not just the super-stars who will benefit from technology, say the authors. “Digital tools will also help average teachers by freeing their time, providing frequent data about their students, serving up tailored professional development, and letting them play focused roles tapping their strengths. They’ll be able to join teams that support fully accountable excellent teachers, with the chance to develop and become excellent instructors themselves.”
Overall, the digital future will result in fewer, better-qualified lead teachers, supported by new roles such as lab monitors and tutors working shorter hours for lower pay. “The net effect,” conclude Hassel and Hassel, “will be a smaller but much stronger and better paid teacher workforce supported by an array of support staff and digital tools, just as we see in most other professions.”
“Opinion: Like Peanut Butter and Chocolate, Digital Learning and Excellent Teachers Go Well Together” by Bryan Hassel and Emily Ayscue Hassel in The Education Gadfly, Nov. 17, 2011 (Vol. 11, #45), http://www.edexcellence.net/news-commentary/education-gadfly.html