Some researchers are suggesting that robots may be just as effective as teachers. I hope you'll read my latest blog and share what you think.
Can technology replace a classroom teacher?
Verizon Education Blogger
Hi Kaitlin, First off, I have enjoyed reading your blogs. Thanks for making me laugh by sharing how one of your students randomly told you that you look like a robot…lol! I am with you that technology won’t replace teachers. As you mentioned, teachers are needed to promote critical thinking. As teachers, we are constantly scaffolding, monitoring and adjusting and challenging students. Between 55%-95% of communication is nonverbal and a robot and computer won’t be able to detect how the student is truly doing or feeling. A teacher can see the light bulb go on and can know when to move on to more challenging concepts. They can also sense when the student is bored, frustrated or confused and help motivate, encourage and clarify. Humans are such social creatures and will resort back to building connections with others to be fulfilled. There is research showing social interaction increases life expectancy by 50%. We couldn’t require students to seat with a robot for hours trying to learn; they need teachers to interact with them.
While technology such as Smartboards, videoconferencing, iPods, laptops and LCD projectors enhance a classroom and can provide engaging lessons. The teacher must be creative enough to utilize the technology. The teacher must master the subject area beening taught, and the teacher is the most important person in the classroom,after the student. Remember the lesson has not been taught until the lesson has been learned! Sandy Womack