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Paulina Hernandez- The Importance of Digital Teachers

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by Paulina Hernandez
Expert Educator Columnist, Mexico

In the last decades, information and communication technologies have played a very important role in our lives.

We spend all day using digital devices, eager to share our lives and experiences, clicking what we like, saving every moment, communicating through social networks and chats. But as simple as it seems, being in this dynamic change is not that easy because technology itself is constantly changing. And even as digital natives, young generations need to learn how to be digital literates. In an era in which the use of ICT is vital for globalization, technology cannot be separate from education.

Since the beginning of the modern world, information and communication technologies have made a strong impact not only in educational practice, but mainly in pedagogical reflection in which activities are aimed at building knowledge and where learning becomes meaningful.

A new pedagogical model with new technologies is building with innovative virtual options, where the student leaves passivity and enters a state of interaction with technology. With it, we can change the paradigm of education in the classroom, improve the learning environment, and solve learning problems by including new tools in this process.

If the new technologies are, in many aspects, a challenge for education, it is also the role of teachers to reconcile these challenges as we are dispensers of knowledge. Our power to implement new technologies in the classroom have become an essential part of our role, as it is our mission to provide students with the resources they need to master these digital tools. We teachers should also bring our students’ attention to the true potential of how the use of information and communication tools can complement the professional, social and intellectual aspects of our lives.

Today’s education, in fact, must become a different process, an active learning process where students take advantage of the information provided by new technologies to develop their critical and analytical skills and learn to use it to solve personal and environmental problems.

But … how do you do it?

This column is aimed at educators and here I’ll share with you new information and communication technologies, such as internet technology resources and its potential impact on specific learning situations, current pedagogical trends, experiences of teachers in developing educational projects, teaching-learning strategies involving new technologies, as well as advice and best practices for us to become digital teachers. You’re invited to join the learning of familiarizing ourselves with them, using them in the classroom, and evaluating their performance.

From TED in the classroom, OneDrive for making our lives easier, OneNote as a bridge from paper to digital, the importance of coding, Shout as a global resource for learning, educational apps and new tools that are yet to come, the range of what I will cover will be expansive but also all very relevant to our everyday lives.

I hope you find this column useful as a contribution to the teaching-learning process of the modern world.

As educators we are dedicated to teaching the youth of today how to use ICT to work, change and live in today’s world. So let’s raise awareness among teachers on the use of information and communication technologies in education, because by bringing teachers’ awareness to this, we can enhance their teaching and as a result, the learning of their students.

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