The Importance of ICT for Irreplaceable but Transformative Educators

by Eva Day B. Valentino



     While it is obvious that technology is constantly evolving and that great teachers will never be replaced by technology, technology, when intelligently and creatively manipulated by great teachers, has the potential to revolutionize.         

      No one can deny that information and technology play an important role in today's world, especially now that we are dealing with the COVID 19 pandemic. From a single finger swipe on a smartphone to futuristic technologies managing the majority of our goods, computer technology is everywhere. As a result, it is not surprising that the use of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in education has been steadily increasing, reshaping traditional education in a variety of ways.     

      ICT according to Wikipedia is a broad term for information technology, which is defined as a scientific, technological, and engineering discipline and management technique for dealing with data, as well as its application and connection to social, economic, and cultural issues. In this technological era, ICT in education serves the goal of making the teaching and learning process successful and enjoyable for both students and teachers. In most schools, computers, the internet, and multimedia are used as the primary means of communication and instruction. This is why the Department of Education in the Philippines has underlined the need of educators having the knowledge and abilities to access and improve digital technology in their classrooms in order to enable all students to reach high academic standards.     

      Since their introduction, the use of computers as teaching tools in our educational institutions has increased the quality of education. It reduces the amount of time teachers spend on mechanical tasks like rewriting and graphing and broadens the scope of their search. It not only helps teachers find material, but it also helps them organize that information so that it can be shared with others. In this time of pandemic, teachers are increasingly using computer-based learning to continuously convey knowledge to students and enable them to receive enormous amounts of material despite being geographically separated from the traditional classroom set up.     

      Using internet tools such as email, social networking sites, newsgroups, and video transmission, communication, and training has never been easier. Students can now access these educational modalities that provide knowledge-based information. Technological learning, with the increased use of ICT in education, is one factor that makes learning dynamic, experiential, experimental, and transforming for both instructors and students.        

     Indeed, the use of information communication technology has transformed many educators' lives, making them more convenient and less burdensome specially  in this unpredictable time. It has created a working environment for educators that is comfortable, productive and interactive in terms of teaching and learning.         

       But, at the end of the day, we must remember that no matter how advanced our technology has become, it will never be able to replace outstanding teachers in the eyes of students.  Technology, on the other hand, has the potential to be transformative in the hands of exceptional teachers.