Teaching is not an easy task. It is more than a job. It is a responsibility as well as a form of art that demands dexterity, perceptivity, ingenuity and intelligence. That is why it is not surprising a teacher encounters some struggles along the path of his or her teaching career. Having a hard time writing lesson plans by hand and preparing visual aids almost every night, as well as trying so hard to manually compute student grades, are just some of the problems a teacher encountered before when advanced technology was still non-existent.
Now we are living in a modern world, though everyone wants teachers to use technologies in the classroom. In the classroom technology can include all kinds of tools from low-tech pencil, paper and blackboard, to the use of presentation software, or high-tech tablets, online collaborations, conferencing devices, and more. The newest technologies permit teachers to try things in physical and virtual classrooms that were not possible before.
This is because technology can increase educational productivity by accelerating the quality of learning, reducing costs related with instructional materials or lesson delivery, and utilizing teacher time more efficiently. So in lieu of making neatly hand-written lesson plans a teacher can simply use Microsoft Word to finish the work faster and better. Aside from that, a teacher can also use Microsoft Excel to compute for his or her students’ grades easier and faster.
Microsoft Power Point on the other hand, is available to enable teachers to embed high resolution photographs, diagrams, videos and sound file to augment text and verbal lecture content.
This shows how technology helps make teachers’ work easier and faster, especially they are now also computer literate and equipped with skills to utilize technologies. But no matter what skill level a teacher has, integrating technology in the classroom offers the chance to increase student interest and the teachers’ valuable professional teaching skills – and most importantly, for everyone to have some fun!