The evolution does not stand in place, the world and its citizens develop, becoming more and more intellectually advanced. Still, different cultures have different methods in raising and educating their children, which affects their behavior, lifestyle, and their life goals. But there is something common in the whole world: if you want your next generation to be successful and you are the one responsible for giving them necessary knowledge, you have to make them want to listen to you, and the only way how to achieve this is to try to reach their interests and give them information in an exciting and interesting way.
Luckily, for the last decade technologies that can be potentially used in school have noticeably improved and became more available for everyone. In my opinion, when teaching turns digital, it is much easier for children to understand and to remember the learning material – by using interactional boards, projectors, and educational videos children see the material visually, which makes it easier to remember the material. By playing educational games, it is more exciting and interesting for children to participate in the lesson and, as result, achieve good results in education and life.
Of course, implementing ICT in studying process makes life easier not only for children, but for teachers as well. In my opinion, using modern technologies helps teachers to make their lessons more attractive and useful without struggling and spending too much energy on preparation. Unfortunately, there still are some teachers who prefer teaching in an old way (using books and pencils only) but, in general, using new technologies teachers can save their energy, time and, what is even more important, bring real usefulness and ‘fresh breathe’ to the classroom.
During the module which we had this semester I learned how to implement ICT in a correct way and how to integrate it in lessons to achieve the best results, how to plan the lessons correctly to save attention to the theme children are learning (not technologies by themselves). Also, thanks to my classmates, I got acquainted with dozens of very good and useful apps, games and platforms which can be used at school while teaching. I realized in what way it is better to develop 21st century skills in children (collaboration, ICT and learning, knowledge construction, innovation, self-assessment and competent communication) which are so important nowadays to be a good citizen.
I realized that our, teachers’, task is to develop ourselves together with children if we want to make them successful in educational process and if we want them to achieve good results in their further life. As we have discussed it during the ‘Digital Natives vs Digital Immigrants’ theme, to make children interested in the subject and find the right approach to each it is necessary for modern teachers to develop themselves and stay connected with children, their interests and their world view. Their task is to follow the latest developments and to give knowledge to their pupils or students in a creative and innovative way. By using ICT in classrooms, teachers show greater use of innovative teaching methods and, as the result, the children’s interest in subject increases.
At the beginning of this course I promised myself to become more competent in the following areas of working with ICT in schools: digital knowledge, ability to use apps for educational purposes, understanding how to teach children correctly using modern technologies and of how to make children interested in subject, how to achieve good results while studying using ICT. And I think that I have achieved these targets.
Humans tend to develop, improve their life and the world around. Nowadays, from greater student engagement to an expansion of the learning environment beyond normal school hours, gadgets can open new educational doors. I believe that using ICT during educational process will not only make people’s life easier but also will make the level of humans’ knowledge and creativity increase.