Bob Dylan once wrote, “…the times they are a changing” and that is no more true than in the classroom. With the addition of tablets, smartphones and other devices the way an educator teaches must change along with it. Unfortunately, many EMS educators find themselves reluctant or outright hostile to changes in the way we deliver information. Many prefer to teach “the way we have always done it” increasing the possibility of failure for their students. When this happens, many educators wonder what happened and begin to look for sources of blame everywhere…except within.
The use of technology in the classroom feeds directly into the language of today’s students. For example, let’s imagine that you decided that you wanted to spend the rest of your life teaching in a foreign country that speaks a language other than English. One of the first things that you would need to do would be to learn the language, the customs and the manner in which your students learn best. Why would we think that teaching today’s students are any different. Many, if not most, of today’s students respond very positively to educational technology. For many of them, interactive programs facilitate learning much better than does simply listening to lecture. Many programs are able to give instant feedback on progress, which is imperative for student progress and improvement.
Concepts such as the flipped classroom now seem promising. Classroom content is delivered via technology outside of the classroom for the student to participate in. They then have more time in the class to work on the psychomotor skills that both students and educators seem to enjoy. Sites such as the Khan Academy, developed by Salman Khan, are revolutionizing education. EMS education needs this shake up as well.
We live in an age that requires the use of technology for the effective delivery of educational components. At the same time, there has been no other time in which resources have been so limited towards the acquisition of these components. This presentation will exam and identify those resources that educators can find and use at little or no cost. With a few exceptions, most will cost less than $9.99 and the majority will be free.
Join us as we explore the world of technology in the classroom. You just might learn something!