The figure of the teacher is unquestionable, but the tools that are being incorporated into the teaching world are changing their working methods. Technological advances offer novel and alternative proposals in the world of education, which will be implemented based on the results. The old platform, the traditional blackboard with chalk and an eraser, have given way to more functional furniture, new work tools, with digital whiteboards, projectors and laptops and tablets on the tables.
Technological advances are already in the hands of our children. They are part of your life. Hence, Telefónica launched Talentum Schools a few years ago, an initiative by which children become creators of digital goods. Through workshops, the kids develop skills and work with tools that motivate and develop their capacity for innovation. Ultimately, they stop being mere consumers to become generators of these digital goods.
Students, born in this digital scenario, nevertheless need a teacher who is also familiar with these new technologies to guide them and guide them through a changing digital environment that offers enormous possibilities if used properly. Without forgetting, on the other hand, that technology applied to the world of education cannot be exclusive. And that it will never be the panacea to end school failure, nor can it replace the teacher. Training requires a close and pedagogical relationship between teacher and student.
It is a veritable fact that classroom doors are giving way to the push of new technological advances. However, the most innovative experiences need to be further evaluated. At the Faculty of Computer Science of the Complutense University of Madrid, for example, students make a summary of it at the end of their classes, through an app, which is then evaluated by the teacher.
Bolotweet is the name assigned to the device launched by Computer Engineering students at the Complutense University of Madrid, which allows taking notes, preparing exams and knowing the degree of attention, as well as the level of understanding of the subject taught by the professor. Thanks to this new application, the student can summarize in 170 characters what he considers most important in the teacher’s presentation.
These annotations of the students serve as continuous evaluation, according to the professor of this Faculty of Informatics, Jorge Gómez Sanz, in the newspaper “La Razón”. Students upload their assessments to the cloud, through a laptop, tablet or smartphone. In such a way that the teacher can know in almost real-time the degree of attention of the student and his own ability to make his dissertation comprehensive.
Other advantages of Bolotweet is that it helps the teacher to identify how students are acquiring knowledge, at the same time that they improve the preparation of the exams, taking as a reference the best micronations that have been produced during the course.
Over time, the smartphone will become a regular work tool for the little ones in the classroom, instead of mere entertainment outside of them. Well, as Menchu Garralón, coordinator of Pedagogical Innovation at Colegio Alborada, in Alcalá de Henares (Madrid), also said recently in “La Razón”, “it makes no sense to continue teaching students of the XXI century and teachers of the XX century with methodology 19th century. New technologies are no longer the future, they are the present ”.
According to a study carried out by Ipsos in October this year, only 35% of teachers in Spain use technology daily in their classes and 8 out of 10 do so weekly. The technological revolution in the classroom is still a pending issue.