In Focus John Darryl R. Caysido Technology

TAKING A PRO-ACTIVE STANCE OF EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY

Information technology is now at the forefront of educational services, especially now that a new normal in the delivery of educational services is redefining how we tackle the daily routines of educators, vis-à-vis modes of teaching...

[by JOHN DARRYL R. CAYSIDO]

Head Teacher III

Jaen Central School, Jaen South Annex, Schools Division of Nueva Ecija

Information technology is now at the forefront of educational services, especially now that a new normal in the delivery of educational services is redefining how we tackle the daily routines of educators, vis-à-vis modes of teaching.  We are confronted with different learning delivery modalities which call for a new set of skills, or at least an upgrade of the existing ones.  It is in this aspect that we, as teachers should be able to take a proactive stance when it comes to technology in education.

In an online publication, the Berkeley News indicated that the current pandemic could possibly open the doors to innovative technologies in education (Lempinen, 2020). This is true and applicable not only to economically well-developed countries, but also in developing ones like the Philippines as the impact of information technology is so encompassing that no countries could hide from its tentacles.  In fact, the pandemic all the more gave importance to technologies, now that learners may not be able to attend the classroom.  Again we are now engaged in a new era that requires stronger adherence to innovation in technologies which could very well help in delivering the necessary competencies for our learners.  In fact, previous studies pre-covid era indicate that learners learn better with the application of new devices and technologies inside the classroom, providing for better and variegated learning delivery systems where learners become more interested and more engaged and therefore produce better learning and other performance indicators.

Being a good teacher in these times requires that we should be able to use a new set of skills, one that is more responsive to the needs of the new era defined by information technology.  Gone were the days of traditional teaching methods and strategies dominated by chalks and papers, but now it is more efficient and effective to use different technologies inside and outside the classroom.  Since the pronouncement of the President Rodrigo Roa Duterte that he will not allow face to face classes without covid vaccine (and the subsequent adherence to the directive of DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones) we are now tasked to adapt to the forever changing landscape of education, and whether we like it or not, these innovative technology is already here and available for the taking.  Thus it is imperative that we take a proactive stance on the matter.  Being proactive means that we should always be one step ahead, of learning new things, communicating in real-time, and of utilizing the necessary and applicable social media platforms that now dominate and dictate how we communicate with one another.  We are not given gestation periods to learn these things, and as an old saying goes, we should hit the ground running.

Adapting to new technology is the only way by which we can deliver our goals and tasks of educating our learners.  We may be resentful at first, but knowingly or unknowingly, we are already at the threshold, and that almost all teachers are end-users of these technology, from the most basic device in our hands (cellphones) to our frequent use of social media platforms (predominantly Facebook in our country).  These are the reality of the current situation and we are left with no choice but to learn it better and make optimum use of what is in front of us. ###

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