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Technology Will Not Replace Teachers

As the world evolves we see technology progress more and more in ways that help to make our lives a bit easier. The world of education has embraced new and improved methods of teaching with the assistance of devices and programs designed to transform learning. All of this can be very exciting yet fear inducing. I have noticed in my conversations with educators across the United States that there is a common misconception about technology and online learning (or computer-based curriculum) that computers will eventually take the place of teachers in a classroom setting. This is simply not possible.

Building Relationships

The human race was built for communication. As individuals we know that eye contact (visual cues) and verbal acknowledgement are both very necessary to understand information delivered in conversation. Our brains allow us to process information based on the prior knowledge we have for basic conversation and development of communication skills. Being that we live in a world where personal services are needed, individuals will always need to know how to interact on a personal level with human beings. This is imperative in keeping students on track and involved in the classroom. Without the presence of the educator to press for new knowledge gained or dig for knowledge that may have been lost, students would be blindly engaging in globs of information overload. Teachers are needed to learn and assess on an individual basis and to keep students on track and aware of what they are accomplishing and why.

Informal Assessments

Educated adults will forever be the best for sharing life experience with future generations by providing pure, present, meaningful lessons in a connected manner.

As we educators look to our student body, one of our main roles in the twenty-first century is to prepare our young people for their next step outside of the secondary side of Ed. We work to determine the goal of the individual: higher learning or career skills. During this process, informal observations communicate the biggest results in this area. Educators are able to look into the whole student with data provided from computer-based learning as well as the reality of the student’s ability based on skill demonstrated with peers on an individual/intellectual level. Teachers are capable of building social skills within areas students may not have shown interest when they see that need exists. Computer programs are unable to informally asses a direct need in this way. Educated adults will forever be the best for sharing life experience with future generations by providing pure, present, meaningful lessons in a connected manner.

Relevance and Application

As we grow and learn more about the world we are in, from a young age we need to understand why and how the skills we are learning apply to the world around us. As we build relationships with the people within our educational realm, young minds begin to expand in an understanding of how the information processed and acquired applies to the world around us. This is a cyclical process that continues with maturity and evolves as new collaborative opportunities arise daily. As human beings we are able to discuss multiple ways that math concepts addressed in geometry pertain to the rooms we are placed in, day in and day out. Students will constantly need to engage in meaningful conversations about the world around us. Humans are imperative for this type of dialect. Computer programs can deliver predetermined information, but the spontaneity of life and learning will forever need to be addressed by instructors as information is being processed and shared.

About the Author

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Jessica Mansfield

Jessica Mansfield has nearly a decade of experience in education. As an elementary school teacher, she gained experience in all content areas including SPED/Inclusion, and received greater insight into the needs of all students. She then took on a role as an implementation coach for Scholastic and worked with teachers and district officials to create successful models for intervention in mathematics. Later, Jessica began traveling across the United States building effective systems of support nationwide within a blended learning setting. While working with Edgenuity, her passion for changing the world of education elevated. As a Professional Development Consultant, she worked to improve education student by student, one teacher at a time, by way of finding new and innovative ways to combine teacher expertise with online curriculum.