Technology is reshaping the landscape of education

Technology has changed the face of education, and here’s how leading schools are using it to improve student outcomes.

How will you approach your pedagogy in 2022? What changes will you make to help facilitate student learning and how they process information? Will you provide the same learning experience as last year or do you have some new initiatives to experiment with? What have you learnt during periods of remote learning?

This change in the landscape of education brings about greater opportunities for students to be more creative and innovative with their learning. There are increasing possibilities for differentiation, not only making instruction available but really giving options. We must ensure that effective instructional practices are adopted so that these new technologies are being utilized appropriately. Teachers must also have a strong understanding of the current trends in order to design curriculum around this knowledge rather than using it simply as an additional tool. As technology continues to rapidly evolve, teachers have greater responsibility for choosing appropriate strategies that can successfully impact student learning within today’s changing landscape .

Seymour Papert in 1993 was quoted as saying “Nothing is more absurd than an experiment to place computers in classrooms where nothing else has changed”.

Technology will play an increasing role in the delivery of the curriculum and we as teachers need to keep up with these changes. How we approach our pedagogy has evolved over time and we need to continue moving forward to ensure we are providing quality learning experiences for students in 2022.

As Seymour Papert said, “There is little sense in placing computers in schools where nothing else has changed”

There has been many changes to the resources at our fingertips to value add to the learning experience which brings me back to Seymour’s quote. Simply providing new resources, technology will not in itself make sustained improvement in student learning. There needs to be a change in how you approach your classroom. Given what you’ve learnt during the pandemic, what pedagogy approach will you bring to the 2022 table?

Author: Dr Jake Madden

Jake Madden (Dip Teach; B.Ed; Grad Dip: Leadership; M. Ed: Leadership; EdD; FACEL; MACE) Dr. Jake Madden is currently the Principal, St Edward’s Primary School, Tamworth. He has enjoyed a successful teaching and principal leadership career over the last thirty years building teacher capacity through the development of learning in the contemporary world, the promotion of flexible learning spaces to meet the needs of the 21st century learner and curriculum for global mindedness. Jake is a leader in the notion of teacher-as-researcher and is widely published in this area, authoring and co-authoring books and a number of journal articles showcasing his experiences and research into leading educational change.

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