Education and teaching are two words, which are highly co-related to each other in implication and essence. Their role is to make an individual not only literate, but add reasoning, knowledge ability, and independence. Teaching revolves around ensuring the effectiveness of educational tools and that all students receive quality education. Alongside imitation, teaching is a key mechanism through which humans pass attained information, skills, and technology between generations. Prevalent in humans since ancient times, teaching plays a key role in shaping the human psychological adaptation. As the best education systems have shown, without the guidance of trained and dedicated teachers, and implementation of proper teaching methods, education is incomplete. The biggest trait of great teachers is – they are great learners. Teachers, in colonial times, were considered dreadful creatures; controlling classrooms by using intimidation and punishment. Today, teachers have become friendlier and stress on the importance of engaging children to make the teaching process more effective.
Teaching, as with any other field, has gone through evolutions: from usual teaching methods like: “chalk and talk”, to more modern tools like: use of smart boards, multimedia projectors, and 3D displays.
Traditional Teaching Methods VS Multimedia Tools
Though, individuals can learn new concepts by hit-trial and error method, however the role of the tutor is of primary importance and cannot be compared with others. Conventional teaching methods like – chalk and board have been prevalent from thousands of years and even today it used effectively. This method is most effective in providing structure required by highly teacher-centered methods. Such tools provide an instructor, ample opportunity to expose the students to readily available materials. The biggest drawback of the conventional teaching method is the monotonous “one-way approach” of the teachers, putting back children in more passive role, without active participation. This method is biased towards only those who can utilize their communication skills effectively.
With advancement of science and technology, innovations have been made in the field of teaching; with acceptance of ‘classroom-friendly’ tools. The modern methodology is more student friendly, making teacher’s role even highly significant in making learning stress-free. Modern teaching methodology involves use of better tools, more participation of the students, and makes classrooms livelier. “Hands-on activity” is another method used often, involving – talking, listening, and movement to understand new concepts efficiently. It has been scientifically proven that children respond better to livelier scientific tools which improve better understanding of concepts and better cognitive functions, hence improving the overall domain.
Z to A Teaching approach
Lately, the (Z to A) teaching approach has become ubiquitous in classrooms around the world. This approach attempts to explain the application part of a problem before stressing on actual definition; making for better understanding by generating more interest and helping creating long lasting memory. For instance, in management, team work can be explained by providing successful examples of team work in various organizations; thus generating more interest of the students to understand the actual definition and domain of team work.
Across the globe, Information Technology is altering the work ethics of students, faculty, and staff; with tablets, smartphones, and other forms of hand-held devices making information more accessible. It can be easily interpreted that classroom experience has been altered by use of technology, making concepts more understandable. Innovations in the field of teaching have made a drastic change in the overall learning experience, shifting from the archetypical platform of teaching and learning. In the new model of learning, the role of student is more important than teachers. The notion of paperless and pen less classroom is emerging as an alternative to the conventional teaching methods. The change is inevitable and with introduction of multimedia technology, teaching has become a more interactive process, facilitating teachers in helping make concepts more learner friendly.