Adriana LoperaLuza, is an excellent specialist in the english language teaching and publisher reference McGraw Hill. In the fifth edition of TESOL Congress which was held at the headquarters of the Savannah College in chia, ColombiaLopera was one of the great inspirations to see technology as an integral part of the classroom.
“The implementation of technology and different types of activities”, it said, “can engage our auditory and visual learners as individuals because they are a new technological generation that learns differently from the previous one”. Therefore, for her, we should try to get into the habit of breaking with the… traditional education model and create meaningful learning experiences.
The Educational experience of Ticmas supervised the realization of TESOL Congress with a stand where the project-based learning module could be seen, and a living room was also set up where all guests and speakers came to visit. One of them was Luz Loperawhich vigorously addressed the problem of technological aids and in particular the need to understand why the mobile phone became an inalienable presence in the classroom.
—What is meant by technology today and what is its scope within the classroom?
—I think it’s all means, but it’s more than that. Today technology is a part of life. We have students who experience technology, who make it vibrate. No one can live without a cell phone. It’s our life. Technology is an essential part of life and also in education.
—If the classroom used to be a “monastery”, today the telephone broke the walls.
-And that’s very good. Since technology is part of life, it should even be present in the classroom. We have a generation of students born with the internet. Therefore I wouldn’t say it’s a tool or that it’s something else we should use. No, it’s part of life.
—How is education being transformed with the desk phone?
— I think we should see him as a friend and not as an enemy. Many parents see him as an enemy: “My son is on his cell phone all the time.” The cell phone is an essential part and you must be willing to teach through it. They can study perfectly with the mobile phone. On a desk, on a table or with you, it is a means to study, to know, to get to know the world.
—At the time of the pandemic, using technology was something normal and expected, but now there are people who want to go back to the old normal. How do you not go backwards?
– I don’t think it’s possible to go back, and if we go back, it needs to gain momentum. The technology was with us for two years: how can we put it aside! We must join her. We have to go back to those hybrid classrooms, we have to remember that you can study anywhere in the world. We have all the resources to do it. We can’t go back to pencil and paper. First, because going to pencil and paper goes against nature and against all Millennium Development Goals. And second, because it ignores such important teacher tools that can captivate our students.
—How are learning outcomes from using technology measured?
“There are many ways. There are complete courses that performing of the students. Another very important way is to think about how artificial intelligence can help us in the adaptive learning of each person. If you have aspects that you need to improve, artificial intelligence will help you improve performance. And how we measure performance: through the results and, in our case, that we are language teachers, through international testing.