TOPIC 2: The role of teachers in new educational environments TOPIC 2: The role of teachers in new educational environments

With the constant evolution in pedagogical approaches, the role of teachers and educators also evolves. In particular, by implementing the concept of the Flipped Classroom, lessons become less teacher-centered and more student-centered. In that sense, how does this affect the role of educators?

On the one hand, lessons are no longer structured in a way in which content is just delivered, nor is the teacher the one doing it. Instead, the educator takes the role of a facilitator of learning. This new role has the advantages of, for instance, being able to work with students in smalls groups and of making one-on-one interaction possible. As a result, teachers can gain a clearer idea of the students' different levels, so they can tailor their instruction to the needs of each one.

On the other hand, the use of ICT is posing even further changes in education, vastly affecting the teachers work and their professional development. The incorporation of new technologies is, as we have seen, affecting the type of activities to be done in the classroom as well as the pedagogical approaches (without technolgy, the flipped classroom wouldn't be possible, for a start).

In the future, learning is expected to become much more personalized, collaborative and informal as well as supported by flexible and dynamic virtual environments and by a range of tools facilitating learning inside and outside the classroom.

OPEN QUESTIONS

  • How do you think the role of the teacher should shift in the future? What should be the primary role of the educator?
  • What is your opinion on the use of ICT in the classroom for this type of scenarios?
  • What are your expectations for the classroom of the future?

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Expectations for the classroom of the future

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What I am expecting in the future seems to be a dream: motivated, well behaved, interested students, who are keen on learning, studying, taking part in competitions.
I also would like to have students who are thinking, and not only “clicking”, using the high-tech devices. I really would like to have motivated students at all level: primary, secondary and higher education as well.
We all know that nowadays the students are not motivated enough, and the majority of them just look for a paper (mark, certificate or diploma) and is not interested to do more activity, to do some work. My opinion is that this attitude can only be changed with an international cooperation.


Beata Jarosievitz Dr.
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11/27/15 7:53 PM as a reply to Beata Jarosievitz Dr.
I would like to see the day when learning will be an adventure for students in which they will gladly except challenges and go with handling them skilfully. Flip-ed classroom model, or model of similar concept could be a great mean for achieving this goal emoticon
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11/28/15 11:41 AM as a reply to Beata Jarosievitz Dr.
Hello,
I think that there will always be a gap between what young people want to learn and what should be taught in schools and that is why lack of motivation will always be there. You can never please everybody and even if you ask young people what they want to do or learn you get so many different answers that the school where everybody is motivated and everybody wants to learn is really only a dreamjavascript:%20; But we should always try to be better! Anyway, studying often needs effort but it's better to relax, have fun...
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