Thanks to the rapid developments in education technology, there is an abundance of teaching tools available to educators: videos students can watch at home, lesson plans that can be easily downloaded (and for free), courses that can be completed at one’s own pace. With so much information available, much of it on platforms developed by private companies, high school English teacher Michael Godsey asks what this all means for the future of the teaching profession in this post in The Atlantic, and what the role of “facilitator” could mean in the future classroom that’s closer to five years away instead of 20.

In the Atlantic:

“I don’t have many answers in this brave new world, but I feel like I can draw one firm line. There is a profound difference between a local expert teacher using the Internet and all its resources to supplement and improve his or her lessons, and a teacher facilitating the educational plans of massive organizations. Why isn’t this line being publicly and sharply delineated, or even generally discussed? This line should be rigorously guarded by those who want to keep education professionals in the center of each classroom. Those calling for teachers to “transform their roles,” regardless of motive or intentionality, are quietly erasing this line—effectively deconstructing the role of the teacher as it’s always been known.”

When the Internet Delivers Its Own Content, What’s Left for the Teacher?

When kids can get their lessons from the Internet, what’s left for classroom instructors to do? Please consider disabling it for our site, or supporting our work in one of these ways Subscribe Now > In 2012, for example, MindShift’s Aran Levasseur wrote that “all computing devices-from laptops to tablets to smartphones-are dismantling knowledge silos and are therefore transforming the role of a teacher into something that is more of a facilitator and coach.”

Rethinking the Role of Educator as Facilitator Amidst Tech Transformation 23 February,2016MindShift

  • Ken S

    Overall I agree with the premise about the major shift in the role of the classroom teacher. However, Googling the answer to a question is not really learning. It’s more like finding a fact, but likely without deep context. Real knowledge comes from the ability to connect facts across disciplines and to draw conclusions from the “big picture” as much as from the individual pieces of same. It could be argued that the successful teacher of this future will be the one who can teach students how to synthesize the knowledge they are getting from these other sources. Does that require twelve years, or sixteen, or six? That remains to be seen, I guess. But at least given students as many of them are today – narcissistic, phone-addicted, unwilling to put effort toward solving a problem – I think it will be at least 10-15 years before their culture can change to embrace the hard work and singleness of purpose of self-education, if that ever happens at all.

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  • Paul

    Without proper new methodologies, the new technologies is trying to replace the instructor and is failing badly. It is like using a hammer when a screwdriver would be more appropriate. The end result is the person swearing at the hammer and assuming that technology caused more work than what was needed.
    The new technology should be used to further a students interest that will not be covered under instruction. This requires self-inquiries, global video conferences, group projects and self-portfolio assessment on individual initiative which the teacher should be facilitating in his classroom after giving the proper instruction in each subject.
    Knowledge alone will not prepare the child for the 21st century. It will require wisdom in actions in learning how to use technology properly. Presently that is not happening because we are still trying to program computers to be idiot proof rather than useful tools in accomplishing tasks that seemed impossible to do in our past. In other words use the screwdriver instead of the hammer and just might get to like the way it can impact education in a positive way.

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  • pagerank1

    yes i agree with mind shift which give the idea about how we will learn and how deliver our knowledge with student.

  • Desiree

    What bothers me about this ongoing discussion, is that in any work environment, employees time is actually considered valuable, and their work respected. We are flinging tools at our children without any consideration for their time. Here read this wikipedia, download uTube (ignore the 30 second commercial) now switch to notability, take a picture of this assignment save it, drop it into dropbox where hopefully you’ll be online during this entire operation while I figure out if I can google the assignments to my email, and then print them so I can grade them and return them tomorrow. Forget that this nations poorest don’t have continual access to wifi… I was babysitting a friends middle-schooler the other day (she needed a ride at 4:30) and ended up helping her with her homework. She had to do a take home PE quiz, and turn it in via a new competitor to dropbox. Of her seven teachers, this is the only one to use the new service, and we couldn’t figure it out. She was in tears, because where she was going didn’t have wifi, so this was the last chance she had to do her homework all day… We talked about her teachers, 2 use email for assignments, 1 dropbox, one a shared drive on google, which I really couldn’t figure out… Who does that to anyone, if you worked in an environment like that you’d quit… and what are we teaching our children about organization and the value of time management?

    • Patrick Barrera

      Teachers must work with the tech they are comfortable with. College is no different. We need to prepare them to be multi-tech fluent and flexible. Problem solving is the name of the game.

  • ipaco

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    very good

  • Patricia McHatton

    There is a great article by Gert Biesta titled “Giving teaching back to education: Responding to the disappearance of the teacher,” which can also be applied to the concern noted above.

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  • Pauline Fice-Galea

    As a French teacher who uses the Accelerative Integrated Methodology in Ontario Canada, I have been been functioning as a facilitator for over 10 years in my core French and Immersion classrooms. The methodology is what is the deciding factor in the classroom-not necessarily the hardware. I will always be an AIM teacher because of the methodology. My technology is my hands! I work in a high tech school now and was frustrated yesterday when I tried to use Youtube to do a dance lesson with my kinders. The technology didn’t work so what did I do? I went and got my CD player and we danced.

  • Sandi Houvener Cover

    I think what bothers me is that the perception is that facilitator means encourager. I am blending my class to offer one to one feedback to students via software and free up class time for deeper, discussions that are more socratic in nature. Students talk to each other, asking why and what if. They are seeing themselves and others as thinkers and problem solvers. These are high school math students and many are learning for the first time that they can think mathematically. What is described in this article as the obsolete role of the teacher would not apply to classes that use class time for bringing out the learning from the students’ minds. Thank you for sharing!

  • Smith John

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  • Adrian O

    Teachers should be the lead architects in learning, and scaffolding/delegating this role to students for inquiry based learning. Technology should be used for transformative learning opportunities, which should also be experienced with scaffolding. Teachers and students should be partners in the learning environment.

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