All of the reads for this week were pretty interesting and I greatly enjoyed reading each of them. One thing that all of these readings had in common was how technology could affect the teaching-learning process. There were some pretty good examples of how technology could be utilized in pedagogical practices, in fact, technology seems inevitable in today’s world. On one hand, I am impressed and amazed to see how technology and digital learning offers immense potential to bring great changes to the teaching-learning process, while on the other hand, I ask myself, “Are we ready to embrace the change?”
We constantly hear and talk about all these wonders that technology could bring in education. However, how often do we actually bring technology to our classrooms? Some of us still have so much love for overhead projectors that we really aren’t ready to even adopt PowerPoint or other multimedia presentation tools in our classrooms. We would rather have our students turn in their homework assignments on paper than submit them online. We don’t want our students to bring their digital devices in classrooms and would rather like them take notes on their notebook using a pen/pencil because we think our students get distracted from the lectures.
The truth of the matter is that we do like to see the change but we ourselves aren’t ready yet to take the initiative to bring the change. In other words, we are too lazy to put additional efforts to change something that’s already out there-packaged and ready for us to use. Think about how often do professors want to change their style of teaching or even the syllabus or lecture notes when they have so much other things to worry about? However, this doesn’t mean that every teacher is the same but there are only a few who really put in efforts and show dynamism in pedagogical practices.
Every new idea or concept can have both positive and negative sides. If we only think about the negative aspects, we can never move forward. We really need to build some courage to face the challenges and be ready to embrace the changes. As the old saying goes,
“Old ways won’t open new doors.”