Teach Middle East Magazine Jan-Feb 2018 Issue 3 Volume 5 - Page 12

Sharing Good Practice ARE YOUR STUDENTS READY TO COMPETE WITH ROBOTS? BY RANIA AMAIREH T he fast boom in technology which has led to many tasks in the workplace being given to robots, makes the future more uncertain for our students. Many career opportunities that are obtainable nowadays, will disappear soon, leaving behind more educated but jobless people, which will increase the unemployment crisis, unless we do something about it now. In preparing the next generation we must anticipate the skills they will need in order to compete. We need to prepare our students to do the jobs that computers cannot do and this requires us to immediately stop teaching them the way we do today. Children who are born with tablets and I-pads in their hands and who understand how to access information at their finger tips, do not need someone standing in front of them pretending to be the fountain of knowledge. Instead they need someone who will help them to acquire the skills, to correctly harness the content that is so readily available and use it in beneficial ways. The paradigm shift in education being caused by technology, means that teaching our students to think critically, solve problems, and communicate effectively have to be the number one job of all teachers and all schools. The current debate in education is centered around whether or not we do away completely with the traditional methods of teaching. I propose that instead of replacing everything with technology in the classroom, we find a way to marry the two. Technology in education should best be seen as a platform or tool that can help to transform the teaching and learning activities for teachers and students. Resources in classrooms, when used correctly will enable the students to become more engaged in the learning process. of skills and competencies. When appropriately executed, this tailoring process has been shown to lead to increases in students’ learning. It helps students to monitor their own learning and to responding to useful feedback. Students become more responsible. Students take more control over their own learning. They learn how to make their own decisions, and actually think for themselves. As our world becomes increasingly more technology-dependent, it becomes even more necessary that students learn how to interact with and harness the power of technology. If this is done correctly, our students will not need to compete with robots, but instead, will control them and harness their powers. The traditional passive learning mold has been broken. With technology in the classroom the teacher becomes the encourager, adviser, and coach. What do schools need to do? • Increase the use of technology by students and teachers Technology-based learning systems can support the personalisation of the students’ learning experiences by analysing students’ performance on recent tasks and suggesting learning activities, resources, or approaches matched to each student’s profile 10 | Jan - Feb 2018 | | Class Time • Improve the IT competencies by training teachers and familiarising them with new technology. • Provide the support, teachers need when using technology in the classroom and create a policy for the use of technology. • Provide parents with training sessions to use the new technology efficiently. • Subscribe to a learning management system (LMS) that has all the tools needed to create engaging content, design lessons, and assess students’ understanding. • Enrich the high school electives with more ICT programs such as robotics, Design and Technology, Website Development, and Electronic Design courses. • Communicate with both parents and students and provide feedback on the spot, through LMS in addition to the school portal. • Use different educational Apps, and online resources such as IXL, Plickers, My-on, Mathletics, Edmodo, and Schoology. Ms. Rania is currently working as a Vice Principal at Al Maaref Private School with strong leadership and communication skills. She offers strong educational background and more than 13 years of facilitating and guiding the learning process. She had obtained her Master’s degree in education (Leadership and Management) with distinction. She is mentoring a team of educators to improve the school’s leadership and educational programs. She has personal interests in Inquiry-based Learning, Discovery Learning, and curriculum designing. Follow her on https://www.linkedin.com/in/rania-amaireh-aa2200b3/