With today’s technological advancement, there is a race against time for classroom teachers to avail of the power of technology in delivering knowledge and all to their learners. If some of them are not adept at using technology in the classroom, learners are disadvantaged in learning against those who have been learning through the aid of technology.
This is why, during summer, teachers are trained to become knowledgeable in using technology in the classroom. In fact, recently, selected teachers harnessed their skills in using Microsoft Mix, Sway, Prezi, to mention just a few. Expected output from said training would be for teachers to create lessons. For effective and efficient delivery, learners will surely be motivated to learn, and teachers themselves will be more inspired to teach with high impact, both through presentation and assessment purposes.
To ensure global education for their learners, a creative and would-be technology savvy classroom teacher must have the following prerequisite skills:
1st, booting up and shutting down desktop computer or laptop.
2nd, doing necessary navigation–from using the cursor or arrow up, down, or what.
3rd, setting up a projector.
4th, making slides for presentation purposes.
5th, recording voice or videos.
6th, writing an email.
7th, making an interesting lesson out of the competencies required for learners to master and by taking advantage of the tremendous sources of information around the net to create interesting, fun, and meaningful lesson presentations.
Last, presenting lessons using technology with high impact. Here, how teachers present themselves, the lessons, and all to their learners. Could either inspire them to learn more or discourage them from pursuing. From standing in front, manner of speaking, manner of emphasizing a point or preparing learners to the highlights of their lesson, wrapping up and motivating them to do something for extension activities– such important showmanship could really spell the difference between success and failure in getting across the wisdom they wanted to get absorbed by their learners.
True to their calling, the Division of San Jose del Monte, under the able leadership of Ma’am Germelina H. Pascual, City Schools Division Superintendent; Sir Marlon Davis, Learning Resources Management, and Development System (LRMDS) Manager; Ma’am Maria. Eleonor Del Rosario, CID-LRMDS project development officer, and Microsoft Ambassador, Ma’am Ma. Corazon Loja, CID Education Supervisor/Math and Microsoft Ambassador; some PSDSes and select curriculum writers/teachers from elementary and high school –had their seminar/workshop in Klir Water Park, Guiguinto, Bulacan last April 19-22.
Hats off to this group of great people who have been continuously improving teachers jobs by providing them avenues to master their craft, helping them help learners learn better, have more fun and meaningful learning engagements to achieve the target–that is, quality education, globally aligned, and with relevance to today’s educational needs of 21st-century learners.