Technology: It's only as good as the teacher using it
September 19, 2022
Well, well, well, how the turntables...
If you didn't get the reference to The Office, that's okay. In this episode though, the tables did turn, as I was the one getting interviewed (sort of). This was the recorded conversation between me and a group of students in Holistic Approaches to Information Technology (CTL 5011), a master's level class at the University of Toronto/Ontario Institute for Studies in Education taught by Dr. Selia Karsten.
We talked about:
- Why technology is only as good as the teacher who knows how to use it
- The role of tenacity for new (and experienced) teachers, and the key to consistently good practice (hint: It's reflection. Consistent reflection.)
- The importance of rapport and how to build it with students, and the critical nature that the German version of The Office (i.e. Stromberg) played in helping me build a relationship with my students.
- Challenges in language- and content-learning, and how teachers can address them
- Teaching technology and the need for a holistic approach to its integration in the classroom