There seems to be a never-ending debate on the advantages and disadvantages to living in a world where everything is accessible at the click of a button. For instance, a number of parents and educators are still skeptical about using technology in the classroom precisely because it allows helpful and harmful discoveries.
They fail to realize that the key to making the most out of this resource is practicing responsibility in technology. If this responsibility is carried by both teacher and student, then it can help unleash innovation. However, even though teachers are tasked to keep up with the digital age, they receive little or no training at all. How can they be expected to improve exploration and mastery among students if their efficiency and effectiveness is underdeveloped?
In order to better manage technology in the classroom, first, teachers should be taught how to use technology appropriately to engage students in higher thinking and creative learning. School administrations can tie up with technological companies who can give seminars and workshops on basic use and specific strategies to employ in school and inside the classroom. Teachers should also be encouraged to practice what they learn by creating an avenue that will allow their co-teachers to share resources to one another. Usually online communities/libraries help a lot in quickly transferring files and references to one another. This can even be a space to share best practices and express work-related concerns.
Once the teachers have mastered this, they can move on to training students in digital citizenship. They can provide opportunities for extensive research in a particular subject matter. Most journal articles are available to the public; Accessing these will teach them how to filter information and present important details. This will also promote perspective-taking and cultural awareness. Teachers should also encourage the creation of projects that will help their family or school communities. Let them explore the powers of social media to spread a cause or expand their academic networks. Scholars can be easily reached through email. Taking advantage of this will give students a chance to develop and share their ideas. They just need to learn how to tap into the right connections.
Finally, collaboration should be practiced among teachers and students. The expertise and experience of teachers coupled with the fresh ideas and skills of the students can lead to ground-breaking projects. If they use their different skills and talents, and work together in harmony, greatness can be achieved.