THE DIGITAL TEACHER

“AM I AUDIBLE DEAR CHILDREN”…..Isn’t this ‘THE’ sentence that is heard in every household?  The parents have a new list of dialogues to add to vocabulary “MA’AM MY CHILD WAS ON MUTE OR THERE WAS A NETWORK ISSUE.”

These sentences are a part of our every morning. 

Imagine how we thought or drew an image of a teacher in our mind. A lively person is full of life standing in front of us, listening to us, interacting, debating and discussing so many aspects of a child’s life. However, the pandemic completely made the image go for a 360-degree change.

Teaching as a profession was digitized by the pandemic. Nobody ever imagined a 3 year or a 16-year-old kid sitting in front of a machine and taking lessons! The teachers themselves never imagined teaching through a laptop. However, this is the NEW NORMAL!!!

Teachers’ roles have altered in the digital era from simply preachers to managers of students’ social and emotional behaviors; mentors for their learning and overall development as a balanced citizens; and motivators for both slow and quick learners.

In today’s changing world, when knowledge is nearly limitless, the function of teachers in the twenty-first century has gotten more complex. Teachers are expected to become more digitally savvy and accountable not only for their own teaching but also for the learning of their students. Teachers must now be facilitators, assisting students in making judgments about the quality and validity of new sources and knowledge, open-minded and critical independent professionals, active co-operators, collaborators, and mediators between learners and what they need to know, and scaffolding providers. 

We know one thing for sure: people empower people. Teachers encourage pupils to pursue their interests. They want to be creative, productive people who can learn new things they didn’t know they could. However, in the twenty-first century, the job of the teacher has evolved, much like our technology and how we interact with one another. Finding the humanity behind the machine is one of the most difficult difficulties when transforming learning settings from the classroom to online learning. Professors and students alike must adjust to the many changes that have occurred in the world of education.

Today, online education is becoming a more prominent feature of the Indian educational system. The statewide closure of educational institutions in reaction to the coronavirus pandemic, which resulted in millions of students and digital teachers being locked out of the classrooms, can be partly due to the rising popularity of online teaching courses. Many advantages of online classes over traditional offline classrooms include the capacity to teach and learn from anywhere at any time, the availability of recorded lectures, interactive and interesting study material, and so on.

The teacher is the center of the teaching-learning process. To stay up with new technology and changing teaching-learning settings in this digital era, a teacher has a number of additional obligations in addition to his or her previous position. A teacher is responsible to the society that trusts him or her to shape future generations into better civilizations, as well as the nation that trusts him or her to make the country’s future brighter and more advanced. To deal with this accountability, a teacher must combine ICT with traditional teaching strategies to foster critical and innovative thinking in his or her classrooms, and only then can one dream of a knowledge society and a better-digitized education world.

A computer program or product, no matter how powerful or intelligent, will never be able to match a teacher’s knowledge and life experience. Several studies have been undertaken, and it has been repeatedly demonstrated that teachers can effect change in ways that no technology can. A teacher does not merely pass on facts or knowledge. And teaching isn’t all about numbers and facts. A teacher is responsible for leading, guiding, facilitating, and mentoring a student. They are role models who lead by example and inspire pupils to pursue a brighter future. Independent thinking and learning are encouraged by a skilled teacher. He or she has the potential to be a positive influence and an inspiration for setting and achieving goals. The optimum learning environment is created by the trust and bond between a teacher and a student, which can never be replicated through virtual learning.

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