I have been a teacher for too many years to count. During that time I have had to contend with the same questions: How do I get the kids to enjoy learning? How do I get them ready for the real world outside the classroom? How do I deal with so many different kinds of learners with different strategies, preferences and capabilities? How do I get them motivated? How do I ensure they are improving and fulfilling their potential? And all this, while keeping my sanity.
In short, I have spent an inordinate amount of time creating content, integrating every bit of my professional knowledge and human capacities into my work. I have to admit, it has only helped partially. There is not necessarily a direct correlation between the effort I have put into preparations and the success of my lessons.
For the last few years, six to be precise, I have implemented the Time To Know Solution (including a learning platform, class management tools and digital content) in countries around the world. It has been an eye opener in every respect. First of all, K12 teachers who respect their profession have the same experience as I have, no matter which part of the globe they live in. The nice thing is that I am now able to show them a simple and practical technological solution which makes their life easier and enables the above questions to be answered.
However, teachers are concerned about the use of educational technology in classrooms and ask me whether they are to be replaced by machines. I have to say very clearly: NO! No one can replace the teacher and no one wants to. No one has replaced doctors or bankers either and they use technology all the time to improve their work. It’s the same for us teachers. Technology assists, it does not take over. The secret lies in blended learning.
So never fear. We are here to stay.