The period of the NCOVID crisis, and amidst lockdowns, we have seen lots of webinars, debates, discussions, social media posts, TV shows about Digital learning, online learning, online assessments, everything Technology enabled. Education technology is possibly amongst the most fiercely debated topics in recent times. I run an Education Technology company, and Schools where technology is plentiful.
I recently came across a video of one of my school teachers,a biology teacher. He was teaching the topic of “cell structure”, It was chalk and talk. he is now 88 years old, he decided to teach and got a family member to make a video lessons. Nothing commercial about it.
I stayed glued to the screen for the entire session, and it was a surreal experience, when I was teleported to 1977, when I was in his biology class.
Surreal, also because I was watching a great teacher using the “Chalk and Talk” method, and I was watching it on youtube on my iPhone!!!!
I learned a few things:
I learned that a great teacher is always a great teacher, irrespective of paradigm shifts of Computers, internet, smart phones, smart classes.
He, and many teachers of those times inspired the students to learn. Can we decipher the pedagogy of those times and compare with all the cool pedagogic approaches we are proposing, debating for now, and for the Post COVID era.
Teachers with passion make learners passionate, it is contagious, and inspires them to learn. And once you enjoy learning during the formative age in school, you will most likely become a lifelong learner.
In today’s situation, it is inevitable that we use digital and online means, to keep learning and moving forward, on the Education compass. It is a necessity, and a convenience. Anytime, Anywhere learning!
In this scenario, Are we missing the passion of our teachers? Can we transmit that “passion” via live video classes? I am still searching for an answer.
Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder.