Can Technology Replace Teachers?

Dr. Kavita Aggarwal

Director / Head of school, D.G. Khetan International School.

Chairperson

MISA

Technology by no means can be a replacement for teachers, but yes, it can be used effectively by the teacher’s to enhance the learning process.

The role of technology in education is continuously expanding from projectors to smart boards and enabling better interaction between teachers and students in the classroom. Every day we see that various aspects of technology becoming an inherent part of the educational experience for students, teachers, parents, and management alike.

Teachers do more than just the one-way task of instructing a student. They identify social cues that would be impossible for a machine to parse, especially non-verbal or invisible interactions that affects the learning experience. They help identify roadblocks for students that might be more personal or emotional in nature that a machine cannot pick up.

Technology has the ability to enhance relationships between teachers and students. When teachers effectively integrate technology into subject areas, teachers grow into roles of advisors, content expert, and coach. Technology helps make teaching and learning more meaningful and fun.

Technology Improves engagement of the students when it is integrated into lessons. It encourages collaboration amongst the students and the teacher. Students can also learn life skills through technology. It helps the teachers for better classroom transaction and support for both teaching and learning Wherein technology infuses classrooms with digital learning tools, such as computers tablets, hand held devices and learning materials, which builds 21st century skills.

Think back to your favourite teacher – “did you enjoy her teaching because of her infallible library of knowledge or because of how she made the subject she taught, come alive for you”?

According to the research findings, the use of technology changes the role of the teacher from a traditional knowledge provider into a facilitator guiding the students' learning processes and engaging in problem-solving jointly with the students.

It's also supports the teacher right from the multimedia presentations to computer simulations to clickers thereby enhancing their teaching.

Instead of asking whether technology has reached a point where it can replace human teachers, we must ask what aspects of the job it can take over to make their lives easier and how technology in the classroom is effective and support teacher.

So will technology displace teachers' jobs? The real answer is yes, and no. Technology is not going to eliminate the need for teachers because of the emotional relationship between the teacher and the student, but teacher needs to constantly upgrade to replace the traditional method of classroom teaching to digitally interactive teaching.

Dr. Kavita Aggarwal

Director / Head of school, D.G. Khetan International School.

Chairperson

MISA