Bridging the Gap in 1:1 Classrooms

Bridging the Gap in 1:1 Classrooms

 

As the use of technology in the classroom is growing faster than ever, it isn’t surprising that implementation can be tricky at times. Introducing new ideas – and technology – can be scary for both students and teachers who are now expected to take on new tools at what can feel like a feverish pace. That said, it is this taking on of new tools that have assisted in educational technology evolving into what it is today. Instead of sticking to traditional methods in the classroom and allowing students to learn about innovative technology outside of the classroom, these two worlds have come together in the classroom.

The Gap Between Teaching and Leading Through Technology

This evolution, has also sparked a very discernible difference between the different types of people who are eligible to influence the students in schools. In many cases, teachers and school administrations have become segregated into one of two very distinct factions: those who can teach well but can use technology only sparingly and those who are well versed in the use of technology but can barely communicate their knowledge to their students.

Unfortunately, this gap is leaving students in 1:1 classrooms with either the inability to understand the opportunities presented to them or the disadvantage of only knowing the theoretical lessons without the innovations that can be paired with them.

Active Resolution of the Gap

Certainly, there are ways to actively create a well-rounded educational system that will start creating teachers that are good at teaching and can also efficiently use technology to teach their students. Here are a few key training objectives:

Begin the Assimilation with the Teachers Themselves
Every teacher should be given the opportunity to learn the same things they will be teaching. Workshops and conferences given by people who already know what they are doing will be very beneficial for the teachers and, for the students who they will be passing the information onto.

Encourage the Use of More User-friendly Programmes
Teachers should be encouraged to use programmes that can more or less be used without in-depth instructions. Using practical and user-friendly programmes on a normal basis allows them to practice what they preach. If teachers are struggling with a programme, it is likely students will to!

Give the Technologically Adept Some Teaching Skills
Just as those who have a hard time using technology should practice its use more, those who are already good at it should have more opportunities to improve themselves in the art of teaching the use of technology. The more experiences they have, the better they will become at communicating their lessons and their enthusiasm to students.

While new technology can be daunting, it can also be really exciting for both teachers and students! People should never stop learning, and this saying rings no truer than to teachers. The trick is to create strong foundations of knowledge, so the only way learning can go is upwards.

Maria Dublin

Maria Dublin

Contributor at Kami
Maria is a writer, an editor, and a law student. She plays for the Philippine national touch football team, and does a lot of travelling during the holidays.
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  • Suzanne Giacotto

    In my 9th year of one to one classroom teaching beginning with Middle School and jumping into High School 4 years ago, I believe technology applications for the classroom are friendlier than ever and invite even the most reoluctant teacher to join in on the amazing possiblities of student-centered applications and learning using a computer.

  • Yonina Robinson

    I agree with the article. The key to using technology effectively in the classroom is the teacher learning it and doing a dry-run him/herself before trying to roll it out to his/her classes.