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Teachers without IT skills will be like fish without fins

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Started: 1/29/2013 Category: Education
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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There is a wide gap between the technology and the skills needed by many teachers to use it effectively.

Teachers should be required to have a minimum level of IT skills.

If they don't keep up it will no longer be a case of 'sink or swim' as they
will unwittingly become de-skilled.

Unless we do something about this quickly, some very good teachers will sink and be lost to the teaching profession forever.


You assert that this applies to all teachers since you never specified any.

All con has to do is prove that any particular teacher will not be like a fish without fins (which is very easy since all are humans but I get your metaphor).

A fish without fins will be defined as a professional teacher who is unable to do their job sufficiently enough to keep it.

I argue that a teacher of the following needs no IT skills at all:
  • Martial Arts
  • Any and all sports (outside of school)
  • Travelling
  • Drama
  • Art
Debate Round No. 1


Martial Arts/Sports/Drama: Technology allows teachers to take video recordings and replay them. It enables students to review, reflect upon and improve their performances - in their own time and at their own pace.
Art/Drama: Students can visit virtually any gallery or theatre online. They can view the work of artists and evaluate dramatic performance, styles and techniques.
Good teachers with solid IT skills will be in demand which, in time, means all of the others will be left by the wayside.


If they were totally incapable of doing any of the mentioned activites, they would be perfectly competent at their job of teaching nonetheless. This is totally unlike a fish wihtout fins.
Debate Round No. 2


21st Century learners interact with information, including learning content, in a multitude of different ways and being merely competent to deliver learning in one way (i.e. just in the classroom) is just not going to be enough to satisfy the demands of this and future generations.

The internet enables learning to extend beyond the 'school day'. They can practice and perfect techniques; research and debate online and with learn from experts on a global scale to deepen knowledge & understanding.


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