Traditional vs. Digital - School Life Pt. 2

October 17, 2017

 

Nowadays, school life is full of technology. Many everyday items are slowly getting digitalised and made easier to use or attain. However, students are not the only ones effected by these changes. Teachers and staff also play an important role of helping us learn, and they always try to make our learning experience more enjoyable. And if the students’ lives are effected so much, then it would make sense that the teachers’ lives are also effected. Over time, their methods of teaching have also been changed by technology.

 

One place to start looking for these changes is the presentations teachers present during class. Nowadays, teachers often use Powerpoint or other similar programs to show us what to do in classes. Before this was possible, teacher would probably just write everything down on a blackboard/whiteboard during the lesson. While the presentations do save a lot of time, sometimes you would see a few typos, since the staffs are not superhuman and can’t avoid making any kind of mistakes. It’s less likely to make a mistake when you’re writing on the board, due to that fact that you are able to see every single letter you’re are writing out on the board. Boards also avoid any technical issues that might occur with computers, which occurs more and more often as your computer gets older. However, writing things on the board is also harder to edit, since on digitalised documents, you could just ‘undo’ anything you’ve already erased, while when you switch to a new slide on a power point, the previous slide is still there as well. So, if a teacher accidentally erases something, they’ll have to write it all again, and it might not even be the same. Because of this, a lot of the classrooms we learn in have both types of boards.

 

Another thing that teachers have to do from time to time is to check on the students’ progress. This helps the teacher write your report or give you feedback. In the modern world, you could always just use some sort of program to record everything, and it will automatically make it easier to access. This way, you wouldn’t need to do it the old-fashioned way and look through a stack of notes to determine every students’ grade/level. With the help of technology, getting specific information is also way easier. When you use paper, you would need to sort everything in some kind of order by hand (e.g. Alphabetical order) and will need to look through it again when you need the information. However, there are still system crashes or bugs, one of the many weaknesses of computers. A crash could mean that all the data would be lost in an instant. In addition, hand written notes would be better to just keep on paper, otherwise teachers would need to type everything again or scan the page (which could sometimes be not as clear as it is on the computer). Things like planners and notebooks are also used to record information, but it would be time consuming to type everything back into a computer. Although both have its advantages, everything is all slowly being digitalised.

 

Assigning students homework is also an important part of being a teacher. While a lot of teachers still stick to the traditional way of doing this (telling the students to write down the homework during the end of class) there are sometimes where the teacher just sends you an email or gives you an assignment through a program. Using technology to set homework has many benefits. For example, if the teacher is absent, for some reason, they could just tell the students what their homework is through email, students could also reply to the email for any questions they might have about it, instead of just waiting for the next school day to see the teacher. However, it is always good to make sure that the students do indeed get the homework by giving them it, face to face. This avoids any technological problems or excuses when a student comes to class unaware that there is an assignment due that day. It means that there wouldn’t be any crashing issues, which often occurs when there is a program involved in this process. Even in the modern life, you could still see a lot of people using the traditional method of assigning work.

 

In the modern world, you could spot many changes in everyone’s everyday lives. Many things are slowly getting digitalised, while others stay traditional. Sometimes, digitalised things might be better than the traditional version, or vice versa. However, the ‘war’ between traditional and digital culture could be found in other places as well, and by spotting these changes, you could really take the time to realise how fascinating technology is. But don’t forget about traditional things, they are important too! But if you think that these are all the changes in technology at school, then you are totally wrong. There are still many more that I had yet to explain. So, sit back and relax while you wait for even more Tradition vs Digital!

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