Date of publication: 2017-09-03 20:04
Smile! Digital Cameras Can Make Your Day
Teachers across the country and around the world are discovering the many valuable uses for digital cameras uses that both engage students and make their own professional lives easier. If you can use a camera, you can use a digital camera so, what are you waiting for?
For many students, especially those in rural and remote areas, online and distance learning can offer access to courses, subjects, and teachers they might otherwise never be able to find. Such opportunities can also benefit advanced and highly motivated students and those with unusual schedules and travel requirements, and be a useful tool to keep schools running during snow days.
And I do not advocate replacing libraries with electronics. I rather sent a truckload full of books and a catalog. But if electronics (eReaders etc) do the jobs most cost effective, so be it. I really do not care how the books reach the children.
If we then take your claim at face value, it must follow that no teacher-training certification program has never (fully) fixed an education system, because the systems receiving the teachers are themselves in constant flux. Teacher training programs need persistent refinement and contextualization, as do ICT9E interventions, as do the educational systems themselves. I mostly agree that nothing replaces a good teacher. Nothing, that is, except for a better teacher.
Most important thing, while technology is not a solution. Good techers are. But getting just good teachers is not enough. What else need to be done is the complete overhauling of system, cluture and setting up the right examples alongwith sustained motivation. One should make sure that system should encourages good practices more importantly it should discourage bad practices or else the system itself would set up the wrong examples.
I have yet to see some thoughts about how they would be able to do that. That is even before I would think of what it would cost to do so. Even if a policy would be formulated and money could be budgeted, it could take a decade or (much) more to get the educational system up to a par to that of the Caribbean. What should they do with the children entering school in the intervening years?
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