Q3- What does an ideal teacher do? How could just-in-time technology be used to do some of the same? How can we motivate more people to act as teachers for each other?
How did people learn before there were schools and teachers, before there were books, or even before there was writing itself? People learned and made sense of their world through stories, songs and dance. After all, who doesn’t like a good story! For students, a compelling story can teach them concepts, or even skills with the added advantage of holding their undivided attention. So an ideal teacher, while she/he may not necessarily need to sing and dance, should be able to tell good stories that engages students and helps them learn.
An ideal teacher also teaches by letting the students learn by doing rather than telling them. When students ‘do’ they learn to apply their knowledge to a real world situation. We all know that it does not make sense to learn driving by just reading books and watching videos, you actually do need to physically drive a car!
There are many other things a teacher can do for a great learning experience but the most important thing that a teacher can do is help students ask the right questions. By fostering a culture of questioning a teacher can help the student make connections across subjects and disciplines that can help them solve real problems.
Just in time technology can provide a richer and more meaningful learning experience because it allows students or learners to take ownership of their learning and become active learners. It can help them learn what they want to learn, where they want to learn it, and how they want to learn. There is opportunity to learn from experts in the field as well as from peers and also the opportunity to teach others. However, a learner can get overwhelmed from the plethora of information/knowledge that is available so the ability to make connections and ask the right questions will determine how much is actually learned.