Integrating Educational Technology in Teaching

Integrating Educational Technology in Teaching

The need to integrate technology in the teaching process was underlined by the Registrar of Bharathiar University P. Thirumalvalavan here on Saturday.

Inaugurating a two-day workshop for school teachers on “Integrating Educational Technology in the Teaching of Biology” at the G.R. Damodaran College of Education, he called for a revolution in the area of education.

Comparing the system here to the West, he said: “Students in the West have adapted to the electronic book system. All the course material is available in the digital mode or in the electronic format.

Each of them have Internet connection, they download the necessary material and keep it ready when they come to class. Classroom sessions are interactive.”

Mr. Thirumalvalavan urged the teachers not to depend on the black board that was considered the most important teaching tool in the country.

“All that has to be written on the black board should go into the laptop, like it is being done abroad. It is not enough if the industry becomes modernised and developed. It should be seen in the education system too,” he asserted.

D. Padmanaban, Chairman and Correspondent, GRD Institutions, said that educational institutions had to make a beginning by creating the technology facilities.

“We have to make teachers conversant with the e-resources for teaching. This workshop will have particular focus on Biology teachers. There will be future seminars for other disciplines. It will have presentations about the uses of various aids that will be used in classrooms,”

He also addressed the issue of affordability. “How far our schools can afford to create the technology facilities?” he asked.

The computer through the use of Intranet and Internet and other learning packages could be used as learning tools par excellence to enable students to access and assess information, assimilate knowledge, solve problems and get automatic feedback from the teacher, he added.