Teachers' Day: Need to prepare teachers as educational technologists to usher in 'Digital India'
Teachers' Day in India is celebrated as the birthday of Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, former president of India, on September 5 to draw inspiration from him and his work as a teacher as well as to accord appreciation and honour to outstanding current teachers. The day is also meant to reflect on the lived roles of teachers and look for new emergent roles so as perform effectively and efficiently with a paradigm shift.
With Prime Minister of India
batting for a Digital
India, it would be pertinent to discuss the emergent role as an
educational technologist. Whether one may like it or not, educational
technology or information and communication technology
(ICT) is going
to be used for educational purposes in a big ways in India. This has
implications for the roles of the teachers as resource managers,
facilitators and educational technologists.
To become effective educational technologists, the
teachers need to be trained for selecting and using relevant and
ethical practices of improving student performance by creating, using
and managing appropriate technological processes and resources. All
teachers would be required to learn the use of computers, digital
technology, networking as well as related software and courseware.
Thus, educational technology in schools pertains to
the theory and practice of educational approaches to learning; use of
technological devices, tools and media that assist in the
communication of knowledge; learning system management and
educational management information systems.
Therefore, for effective use of technology to aid
teaching-learning process, teachers should be developed as
educational technologists instead of employing educational
technologists separately and making teachers to become dependent on
If teachers are trained properly, modern ICT is
capable of creating and sustaining learning communities and
effectively carry out knowledge management tasks. Educational
technology is a double-edged tool; it can harm students if not used
appropriately and ethically.
When, used wisely, educational
technology can support active learning strategies that incorporate
student centered learning, project work, critical thinking,
inquiry-based learning and problem solving.