We all have to admit that teaching nowadays is very different from teaching some years ago. Technology is very helpful for teachers and students.
When I was a child or even when I was in Highschool, if you missed a class because you had a doctor’s appointment or something like that, the only way to recuperate what teachers had taught was by borrowing one of your classmates’ notes. Today this task is very easy, most of the teachers put the lessons on the internet and you only have to connect your PC and download them. This is very convenient because you don’t have to follow strict timetables, you can pick the information whenever you want and wherever you are.
Another advantage about technology in education is the fact that you don’t have to handle loads of books in case you have to do a class project, only by writing a few words in a search engine all the information you need is brought to you in a few seconds. Besides, a lot of people can write in the same document and interact with other people as well. This is absolutely incredible, isn’t it? But I have to admit that not all the information you find on the internet is true, some times you have to be careful of what you read, even if students nowadays spend a great part of their time on the internet.
But on the other hand, there will be people using technologies in ways they shouldn’t: you can use your laptop in class for doing things that are not related to what the teacher is saying, or what is more, you can use internet to copy someone else’s work and in this way, you are not learning anything at all.
Moreover, technology is improving so fast, that if you aren’t able to catch up with it, you can have a big problem. Probably, everything we know now will be outdated in a few years and there will probably exist jobs that we can’t imagine now, so my questions are: “Are we ready to deal with those new technologies in so little time? and “Is what we have studied in our studying days useful for finding a job in the future?”. Very often, you had to learn useless subjects that you never used then and that you have forgotten, so you have the sense of having lost time. However, you are not able to know what subjects or practical skills will be useful for you in your working years.
To sum up, the role that ICT, information and Communication Technologies play in education is very important, but in my opinion, a cool PC will never be able to substitute a teacher. This is because teachers are able to teach, I mean, you can’t ask a PC why some things are like that nor can a PC transmit the enthusiasm for learning; this is something that only teachers can do.