For the students to be effective in everything they do, they need to be taught the way they want to learn. Experiential learning is important because learners are able to learn at their own pace. We are dealing with the net generation and we should take advantage of what they love and use it to enhance their learning. Most of the learners have smart phones and they are always glued on their phones. Instead of confiscating the tool, use it to your advantage as an educator. Don’t get me wrong, I am not saying technology is a solution, technology is just a tool that can improve teaching and learning. It is a tool that will never replace educators.
Educators have an important role to play in the learners’ lives. In as much as technology can be a bridge between teaching and learning, learners also need social emotional development and technology cannot be that tool. Educators are still needed in the lives of the “wireless generation”. To teach, and more importantly, to reach today’s digital generation, you need to be able to integrate digital tools into your online classroom curriculum. With the increase in mobile devices also has emerged an amazing array of apps.
As technology advances and as the Internet has become fully integrated into the personal lives of learners, this new “wireless generation” demands always-on access. Learners need to access instruction in meaningful learning environments, and they need this access from any place, any time, and any other – in the classroom, on the school bus, in the library, in a car, hanging out with friends, or at home.
In order to keep our learners excited about learning, let us teach them the way they want to learn. At the end of the day we are not teaching the subject but we are teaching human beings. Let us shift from the autocratic leadership in a classroom to a democratic leadership, where learners and teachers engage and learn together. (Kevin Baloyi and attendee, EdTech Summit Africa 2017)
As educators, we need to speak the same language. We need to work together because we have a common goal that we all need to achieve. We want to see our learners equipped with knowledge and understanding. Let us use what they already have and already know. At the end of the day we want to satisfy the needs of the learner, not our needs as educators. Be an educator with the difference.
My duty is to continue being the Global Minded Educator and make sure that I empower both, the teachers and students. I chose Education because I want to change the world!