Technology has a very important role in our lives now days, but especially in education, where it is an essential resource to guarantee all age students’ academic achievement.
Dr. Helen Faber, a Nova Southeastern graduate, that participated in Harvard University I Pad Classroom workshop; explains how does she visualize the classrooms in the near future.
” I visualize an I Pad classroom with a smart board, a projector and teachers’ laptop, where students can manipulate the information without using markers or chalk, can do different tasks simultaneously; I believe multitasking is part of our reality and the only way to accomplish this challenge is with technology”.
Dr. Faber indicates that I Pad Classroom is a workshop where we get a vision of the future, where each student has a tablet or I pad, and he/she not only gets information or plays, but produces work or projects on these devices and send them to the teacher, school or university, just like we do it when we write an essay using our computers or do a project applying technology.
The educational expert who is the academic director of Cathedral Community school, says applying technology into education is one of 21st century skills.
How do we establish controls?
Internet has its benefits and downsides for adolescences and children, we asked Dr. Faber what kind of limits schools should established to avoid students’ access to inadequate contents.
She explained that Internet like anything else has its advantages and downsides so schools must control the use of the internet. Children do not have free access to everything, they do not have access to alcohol or tobacco or things that are harmful in our society, so the same rule applies for internet, and we must established clear limits and boundaries.
When asked if I Pad classrooms will be accessible in the future to all social classes, She said ” I believe they will because all social groups have access to technology, you may see people from different economic background with their devices, you may visit small towns like Jarabacoa and you will see an internet place or cybercafé where people access internet if they don’t have computers.”
We still do not have fully digital classrooms in our country but Dr. Faber says that we have made great progress.
“It’s hard to find a fully digital school, but we have made great progress, all schools have a computer center or a media center where students can access internet and use the computers”.