With computers, tablets and phones becoming ever increasingly popular and used in most of our daily lives, it makes sense that schools are teaching pupils about these forms of technology and how they can assist us.
There is a lot of educational material available in terms of apps and such like that can be used in a classroom situation. From recent studies, I have found out that most school now have a few Ipads or other Tablets available for the children to use. These are normally pre loaded with educational games and research aids and other content is restricted.
Children are becoming use to using touch screen IT and even preschool children seem to have grasped the touch and slide concept that many of these gadgets use. IT has vastly improved over the last few years and no longer just involves teaching the child of how to type on a PC and search on the internet.
Over the last few years we have seen an increasing trend of school students putting down their writing books in favour of laptops, notebooks, and tablets. The internet was the impetus for this change, as with the networking capabilities that the internet connection allows can hold large and accessible databases which a classroom of students can access and contribute to. In addition to what the internet allows, the advancements in computing power, and with the new tablets available, the level of convenience with using them has increased exponentially. This all begs the question, with people no longer needing to write out by hand, when will we stop teaching people to do so? In fact, recently, a school in the USA has instituted a new policy, whereby all students will be using tablets in their education, and the written word is no longer taught. So, how long before the rest of the world follow suit? Or will we always foresee a situation where the written word is preferable?
Whatever school you want to work at, you have to prove that you’re passionate about teaching and children, and in order to get started and get some experience under your belt, you may want to do some voluntary work experience.
Each and every year, college and uni students will undertake work experience alongside their studies, because today that’s how important experience is, almost as important as the university degree itself.
Before you apply for work experience, ask yourself these three questions:
- Will this work experience be relevant to the career path I want to take?
- Will it look good on my CV and improve upon it?
- Do I have the passion required for this work experience role?
There are underlying benefits when seeking teaching jobs with practising teacher agencies. This can greatly benefit those who are joining the teaching fraternity for a fresh start or changing workstation. Experienced practising firms are aware of the existing market wage rate, making it possible to avoid the trap of getting underpaid could you have opted to seek direct employment in any institutions on your own. These firms do look for employment opportunities for both teachers and non-teaching staff and make them available for their next clients. It really saves job hunters time and money and give them a better current offers that best suit them.
Teaching jobs have often been faced with four major problems which if taken care of well can see enhanced service delivery in many institutions. First, variation in wage rate which has seen quite a number of teachers transfer their services when they feel they are not getting any better payment plan. This has made many teacher agencies prioritise their responsibility in first negotiating for improved salaries for the new teachers slightly above the market rate to stimulate them to work harder and even enjoy their profession.
Second, exploitation by employers which has seen many teachers getting overworked and losing interest in various institutions. The agency ensures their clients are accorded the necessary treatment and their duties aligned with their employment contract. Any emerging challenges and new responsibilities have to be discussed before giving their client a go ahead. Working as per the contract deal enables you to master your responsibilities and easily avoid mistakes and veering off the contract deal with additional tasks assigned to you by the school.
Third, they guarantee a good working environment for both their new and old clients. Every employee in any organisation deserves to work in a healthy environment. Productivity of workers is essential in realising set objectives and quality output. This has been been the fighting front adopted by nearly all agencies to ensure workers get befitting treatment and work in an environment that stimulates creativity and innovativeness. Teaching is a dynamic field with new techniques and opportunities each and every day. As a result, teachers need an excellent work environment to accommodate new changes and improve on their health which is crucial to service delivery.
Finally, empowerment programmes that ensure teaching standards are upheld. Teacher agencies do offer various empowerment plans for their members to bring them up to date with changing trends in the job market to make their services relevant globally using the international teaching standards. Such programmes offer many opportunities to refresh your minds, renew your skills and adopt a new style to further enhance service delivery. It also offers a good platform for professionals to exchange ideas that can build them and open great opportunities in the future during such programmes. Employees rely mostly on such programmes as they provide the only desired opportunity to remain relevant and become more visible in the society they are based and in the job market.
For generations, universities and schools were associated with books. That is still the case today, but are computers having more of an effect? We feel yes. There is no doubt that laptops are good resources, the internet is essentially the world’s biggest library with no end of resources. But for many students especially those in school, it can cause problems, because it can be easy to find irrelevant and distracting information.
Laptops are used in classes and there are school security blocks, but that it still gives students the opportunity to lose concentration. Books will always provide students with more focus, because they are limited to one subject, for each book.
Traditional textbooks can however, go out within a year, or even months. And it can make financial sense to use computers in classrooms, but it is an ongoing debate. Some education initiation will differ in their approach, but either way, there’s no denying the increase in laptops and computers for classrooms.