Education is a continuous process that involves teaching and learning. Professors are in charge of educate students at different levels by teaching to learn. In addition, a broadly view of human capacity is crucial for the development of professional contributors to our society is needed.
Infinite teaching and learning materials and methods have emerged during the last centuries. Now a days, digital media has become one of the most innovative and powerful tools that can impact students, teachers, professors and other academic actors. Internet make accesible all kind of valuable topics, communication channels, and networks.
Using technology and nontraditional materials (blogs, twitter, video clips) to teach is controversial. First, the steady flow of million of users can question the quality of content that can be reached. Second, the constant updates, variety of versions, softwares, devices and such makes it a real challenge for some professors with lacking skills of technological literacy. However, these tools engage, builds and create new networks that can be use to improve the educational process. As future professiorates, it is critical to learn and adapt ourselves to new technologies. Being aware of what is going around, and being up to date to be sure that we are not falling behind is part of the “Learn to teach” process.
One concept very simple but powerful that can inspire use is: “individuals best adapted to their environments are more likely to survive“.
Finally, “Teach to learn & Learn to teach“ is a continuous cycle that needs to include the adaptation of new tools such as technology. This approach might help us to contribute to the development of future professionals with human capacity.
About the Author
Sofia Rincon Gallardo Patino, is a Graduate Research Assistant at the Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise department of Virginia Tech.