Teacher's role in the Age of Information Technology

Teacher's role in the Age of Information Technology

 

ABHISHEK SHARMA | Principal, M.P.M.S.
Alirajpur, MP
Abhishek Sharma is the Principal at Maa Parvati Memorial School (MPMS), a K-10 school in Ambua Dist. Alirajpur, Madhya Pradesh (MP). He has been in the education sector for the last 7 years. Abhishek Sharma has been awarded the ‘Educational Reformer of the year 2019’ by National School Awards at Delhi. He is also an honorary member of International United Educationists Fraternity and India Didactics Association, along with being the State President of the ‘Indian International Teachers Association’ for MP.

Digitalisation of the Education System has brought a new evolution in learning and research work of students and has helped them gain more precise knowledge. It is no doubt playing a vital role in present education system.
But, I do not agree if someone says, “Information technology or digitalisation of education can replace the teachers”. I believe that the role of a teacher has become more important and crucial in this digital phase of education. Yes, the internet can provide a better, much deeper and precise information regarding any subject, but the question is, “Are students developed enough to judge whether the information provided on the internet is useful and true?” To judge this and to apply a ­filter between good and bad knowledge, the TEACHER is needed. In this digital era, a teacher’s role has shifted from a mere preacher to the manager of students’ social and emotional behaviours; mentor for their learning and over-all development as a balanced citizen and, motivator for slow and a fast learner in digital environment. She/he has to keep watch on the time spent by students for their proper time management and to make sure that the learners utilize adequate e-resources.
After discussions with a few students on teachers’ role today, they agreed that they require guidance. They stated that the information provided on internet and the point of view of different authors can only be understood with a teacher’s guidance. Teachers' role in the 21st century has become more complex. Here, knowledge is almost unlimited. Teachers are expected to become technologically oriented and responsible not only for their teaching, but also for students’ learning.
C.S. Lewis stated that “The task of modern educator is not to cut down jungles, but to irrigate deserts.” If we look at the effect of the internet on current lifestyle, we can easily reach to the conclusion that despite having too many sources of information on the internet, a selector is still needed. Every coin has two faces - one is good and the other one is evil. Internet can easily attract the young minds towards the evil. Comparison and selection of good knowledge can only be made with the help of experienced support. The CBSE of­ficials had also shown their worries and published a circular on the subject – “Guidelines for Safe and Effective Use of Internet and Digital Technologies in Schools and School Buses”.
According to the circular, the potential of information technology as a valuable learning resource is immense. However, if children use the internet without safety awareness, they may fall prey to illegal activity or abuse, such as cyber bullying, fraud or something even more serious. Hence, the schools are advised to promote a safe and secure educational environment for effective teaching and learning and to discourage students from actions detrimental to themselves, their peers and the value system.
This article was originally published in TheTeacher.in magazine in the month of December, 2019.