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Should technology replace teachers?

Last year, few language teachers in USA lost their jobs, they were replaced with online instructions. Would you be concerned if it happens in your child's school? Are teachers still essential to technology-based classrooms?

Seeking Opinion Education , Digital Future , Mobile 4 years ago
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8 experts and 6 parents have answered

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Priya Desai expert
Priya Desai Speech and Language Therapist London, GB
Language expert

My first thought on reading this question was that children need the emotional support from a teacher continually through the day. And, children learn more easily from being taught and shown things in person; teachers can also assess from body language if a child needs repitition and is not sure of something. Lastly, a teacher also represents an authority figure, which is an essential part of growing up.

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Opinion 4 years ago
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David Rhodes expert
David Rhodes Director of Technology Education US
Education expert

No. There definitely is a place for both teachers and technology in the education process. Teachers must learn how to use technology effectively and then find the right balance integrating its use in the classroom.

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Experience 4 years ago
Lea Iatefl
Lea Iatefl

The question has been passed around for a few years now, in conferences as well as informal conversation in the staffroom, "Will tech replace teachers?"

I think we needn't be afraid of that, at least until someone comes up with a thinking/feeling machine. As previous commenters said, learning is a very social experience and we need someone to explain the concepts to us in a way that is close to out intellectual and emotional understanding. I have taught several distance classes through videoconferencing and online and all of my students reported that the classes were fine and they enjoyed them but would prefer meeting face to face.

However, I think that teachers who use some tech will eventually replace teachers who don't use no tech.

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Experience 4 years ago
Vivek Khare
Vivek Khare Doctor. Learner. Educator. London, GB

There is a reason why we have always had teachers despite having all the information in the books. It still holds true to a certain extent.

However, I am going to be the devil's advocate here and confess that I have found the video lectures, 3D animations available on the internet and various apps for learning subjects such as medicine a lot more clear as compared to what we had in our medical school. I think technology has helped make concepts clearer. Although I can only speak in terms of science education but I assume it impacts a lot of other fields.

However, all this has to go hand in hand with a good old fashioned classroom lectures wherever possible. Teachers must now learn to share the stage with technology.

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Opinion 4 years ago
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Roberto Catanuto expert
Roberto Catanuto Teacher, Club Instructor CH
Education expert

Teachers are important for students and will probably always be. Learning is a fundamentally social interaction between humans and I deeply doubt a machine could ever replace a human being.

Would we like to have our kids encouraged or comforted by a pre-programmed machine ?

On the other hand, I'd like to see much more computer mediated interactions between learners across different cultures and countries.

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Opinion 4 years ago
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Andrea Brady expert
Andrea Brady Child technology support systems US
Health expert

Different kids have different types of learning styles. Some kids do great with online learning; others do not. Also, some subjects lend themselves more easily to online learning. For instance, in our district, we offered Chinese online because we could not afford to add a Chinese teacher. It didn't work, because the language is too different from English. We left that approach and came up with a creative way to add a Chinese teacher, and now things are going well.

On the other hand, some kids can definitely learn other languages, and other subjects, via online classes. It depends on the quality of the class and the temperament of the child.

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Experience 4 years ago
Kris Sabo
Kris Sabo parent and educator Cypress, TX, USA

Teachers use technology tools to facilitate integrated learning. Both are essential to education in today's world.

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Experience 4 years ago
TheBoy andMe
TheBoy andMe Parent Blogger, Teacher & Mum GB

I'm a teacher and the thought horrifies me, not just because I want my job! Technology can't recognise how or why a child is struggling with a concept. Technology can't tailor the vocabulary used to assist the child's learning. Technology can't take account of the fact that the hamster died last night and they're devastated which is affecting their ability to concentrate. Technology can't recognise that the child is being a lazy little monkey and needs to pull their socks up. Technology can't build a relationship with a child.

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Experience 4 years ago
Terry Doherty
Terry Doherty

That would be like replacing parents with robots. Parents are our kids first teachers ... it is the bonding and the human-to-human contact kids need to learn. Technology is a tool, not an educator in an of itself.

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Opinion 4 years ago
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Jose Picardo expert
Jose Picardo Assistant Principal Surbiton, GB
Education expert

"Any teacher that can be replaced by a machine... should be!"

Arthur C Clarke

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Opinion 4 years ago
Anthony Carandang
Anthony Carandang Math Teacher/Dept Chair Houston, US

It will be a while or it may never happen. Knowing content and teaching are two different things. The smartest people are usually the worst teachers.

Teaching is a skill that can be learned but some people are naturally good at it and love it.

It will be a while before any machine will mimic what a teacher does to encourage his/her students to do well on his/her classes.

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Opinion 4 years ago
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Bob Zenhausern expert
Bob Zenhausern CEO Enabling Support Foundation New York, US
Education expert

We need to show teachers how to use technology. Back in 1985 teachers had been using tech for several years which gave rise to Kidsnet, the first social networking site that allowed students from around the world to interact. These teachers were the pioneers of online education until the Powers That Be finally realize the importance of computers and took control. The Pioneers got arrows in the back.

But now with the advent of Web 2.0 we need a Specialist in Education Technology that can guide the teachers on the use of technology to meet curriculum needs.

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Fact 3 years ago
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Valerie Thompson expert
Valerie Thompson Chief Executive Chertsey, GB
Education expert

I heard this from someone in the USA: "Technology will never replace teachers, but teachers who use it will replace those who don't"!

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Experience 3 years ago
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Opinion 4 years ago

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