"Technology is just a tool. In terms of getting the kids working together and motivating them, the teacher is most important."

Bill Gates once said, Technology is just a tool. In terms of getting the kids working together and motivating them, the teacher is most important. Most people agree that technology is only supporting character in education. However, it is often to see experienced teachers who are lost in technological functions and neglect the objectives of education. A lecture with various demonstrations of technological function may be fascinating, but we need to think about where the difference is if not using the functions? If there is difference, which part it is? Does technology help with the part that uses technology?

Therefore, to bring effectiveness and transformation to teachers' lectures, difference and interaction are two important keys. Take Mr. Chiu's Math lecture as an example, students needed to study beforehand, took about 4 IRS quizzes in the beginning of the class, and had the same IRS quizzes again after team work session. Through comparing the performance charts between the first and the later, statistics suggested the performance of the later was better. It also revealed that students were able to sort out answers by themselves and there's no need for teacher to explain every question, which generated difference and impact that wouldn't be without technology. For interaction, Mr. Chiu intentionally designed the last IRS question as fill-in-the-blank, randomly pick-out 3 to 4 students for their answers, and let students vote between these answers as options for this question. Through the design, answers became more lively and meaningful.

Technology is just a tool, while teacher is most important because teacher is the one decides how to implement ICT into lectures to achieve the objectives of education, get the kids working together, and motivate them. If teacher can pay more attention to differenc and interaction when implementing ICT, technology becomes a helpful tool!

Reference: Practices of ICT in Education by Wang's Voice (in Chinese) https://www.facebook.com/WangsVoice/posts/580441565488241
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