Role of a Teacher in Digital Era

Latha Prakash 

Principal, IES Chittilapilly School, Thrissur, Kerala

“Family-school and community partnerships are redefining the boundaries and functions of education. They enlarge parental and community capacity; they create conditions in which children learn more effectively. In these ways, they take education beyond school gates.” – Muller

While we focus on educational achievements in the form of acquiring better social skills, improved behaviour, a greater sense of personal competence and efficacy for learning, we need to understand the challenges and changes our students may come across in the future too. Before we start preparing our students to face these challenges and changes, we need to equip our teachers with thoughts and ways to prepare our students for tomorrow.

The biggest challenge today’s teachers face is the growing technology. Today’s classrooms have computers, iPads, smartboards etc. to facilitate the teaching-learning process. In the changing digitalized world, everyone must evolve as per the changing scenario. Whether we like it or not, it is the fact that we need to accept it in a fast-growing world.

Undoubtedly, the digitalization of the education system has tremendously helped students in their study and research. Technology should be used in such a way that it helps students in positive learning. It is highly essential in this context to think if the teachers are skilled enough to assist their students in learning technologies. As technology is found evolving day by day, teachers must have the desire, time, and ability to grasp new things more effectively or equivalent compared to their students. If teachers lack technical expertise, they cannot contribute more to their student’s growth in the 21st century.

Let our teachers come up with the most upcoming motto “OUT WITH THE OLD AND IN WITH THE NEW”. Veteran teachers must learn how to adjust to these new changes. Let our students learn from the most updated and digital classes than from the conventional classes. Teachers can be the best mentors helping the present generation students to know the most beneficial ways of technology with a proper understanding of ways to misuse it.

Let us hope that our teachers will generate smart generations by being smarter teachers.

Latha Prakash 

Principal, IES Chittilapilly School, Thrissur, Kerala