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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.

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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 them.

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.

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