Developments in digital technologies transformed how the 21st century learners learn. It acquired a prominent role in the teaching-learning process. Some of the learners enjoy learning if the teachers use digital technologies in teaching. With this, teachers need to teach the learners with digital technologies as their teaching aids.
If teachers will use digital technologies in their everyday practice of teaching, it will support the learners’ improvement in numeracy, science and literacy. Digital technologies also help to close gap among different types of learners. It will also support in overcoming the challenges faced by some learners. Communication with parents will also improve including time effectiveness for teachers. There is also a great possibility for the learners’ improvement in employability skills and knowledge of career pathways.
For the teachers to meet the 21st century learners’ needs, they need to have digital proficiencies. They also need to be able to identify suitable applications for teaching and assessment and integrate them into the lessons. They also need to adopt pedagogical approaches for classroom teaching.
For them to be able to do these, teachers need to undergo trainings and professional development to learn how to efficiently use needed applications in teaching for them to enhance their pedagogies and increase their confidence and capabilities. Support from the government is also needed especially in providing functioning digital equipment needed in teaching and learning so that teachers and learners will not shell out money from their pocket to meet the needs. Lastly, a conducive environment is needed that gives teachers the flexibility to introduce and use digital learning.
Basis: Literature Review on the Impact of Digital Technology on Learning and Teaching -ICF Consulting Services Ltd (November 2015)
MARCELA O. BAYAS
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