Key idea: The way we teach and learn changes all the time, and the Covid-19 pandemic that affected the whole world was undoubtedly a push for many to take the plunge (some of them forced to do so) into educational platforms.
Original author and publication date: Telefonica- March 18, 2023
Futurizonte Editor’s Note: “Digital literacy is nothing less than the new literacy of the 21st century.”
From the article:
Of course, many of the tools already existed when the lockdown led to the closure of schools and education centres. Video calls, applications to set up classes or lectures and interactive educational platforms had to be improved as they went along.
This gave rise to what is known as techno-pedagogies, which consists of combining traditional pedagogy (the science of education that is responsible for planning, analysing and evaluating the different teaching and learning processes) with technology, in order to optimise education. This is known as techno-pedagogical design, and is the result of a dynamic process between multiple disciplines.
Technology as a subject has been part of mainstream education since the 1970s, but in recent years it has become part of everyone’s everyday life. Techno-pedagogy allows interaction between teachers and students through platforms, serves to add knowledge and aims to take teaching one step further.
On the one hand, the pandemic served to accelerate and entrench the use of existing technologies, allowing education to continue even under lockdown and remotely, but also allowing us all to remain connected through, for example, video calls, social media, etc.
When it comes to living with technology, there is a group that does so almost naturally: the Alpha generation, those born since 2010 and who are one hundred per cent digital natives. For them, there is no divide, especially if they have the financial means to access technological resources.
And it is above all for this generation that education and teacher training must undergo a profound change, especially because today the hybrid world (face-to-face – virtual) is a reality and is irreversible.