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In the future, will computers replace human teachers?

  • It's already happening...

    Computer gaming industries are branching out into pretty much everything, but the main buzz is the advances in educational and virtual reality soft/hardware (I believe Microsoft have patented the 'holodeck')
    I recently read an article concerning a teacher who introduced a 'World of Warcraft' style to his teaching regime, in that each table of students was organised in 'parties', or groups of heroes, and each student within each party assigned a role; Such as a mage who can, by collecting good test scores or gaining 'mana points' (the essence required to use magic) through good behaviour, can protect a party member from detention or 'vanish' a spot test. Warriors in the party could 'absorb' any negativity the group received or increase the allotted time for a test via his/her high 'hit points', the health required for a World of Warcraft character to stay alive.
    There were many further intricacies.... But according to the article the students took to it immediately, including young girls who'd never played a computer game in their life! The teacher states that it is hard to ascertain whether or not his inventive teaching had increased the students learning potential... But he did go on to say that important learning factors, such as the ability to pay attention, increased dramatically, as well as a general improvement of the atmosphere among the students.

    One of the greater difficulties faced by teachers (aside from simply keeping track of things) is the ever changing nature of knowledge, as soon as you've taught something it's proven wrong. As a short-time member of the St.Johns ambulance cadet brigade i can tell you there is NO end to changing information... One week we were taught how to correctly position your fingers on a body to resuscitate, the next week we were told someone had been sued for sexual harassment BECAUSE of the position of his fingers on a womans chest when he resuscitated her!
    A computer would not (DOES not) have so much of a problem with this.

    Perhaps i could worry that a computerised system would detract from a youngsters SOCIAL learning development, or how a computer could teach things like common sense.
    I think moving away from the idea of it being some big machine that provides you with information is paramount to having a positive, realistic view. We're not going to be sat in line upon line of coal-smudged Olivers, cowering under the electric lights of our computerised task masters. Quite the opposite, a computer can (and does) keep track of a million things at once, on a global scale! A computer can ALSO be an incredibly personal device, tailored to the individual needs and likes of a person without losing any of that epic functionality.
    So what if we enter a utopian society where a 'caretaker', someone hired to maintain the mechanics of the machines and ensure a positive learning experience for the students, can facilitate an entire college without much difficulty?

  • Computers will replace human teachers.

    Computers have already started to replace human teachers. People use computer programs to learn and practice foreign languages. Computer programs can check translations and spellings. A lot of people go to school through the Internet and watch video lectures of professors. In the future, technology will only have a larger role in education.

  • No a computer is not like a teacher

    In a classroom, a teacher not only teaches facts but also adds their own personal experiences and perspectives. This helps students to comprehend information and actually enjoy the lesson as teachers help encourage discussions and conversations. A computer cant do that. Therefore a computer cannot even be an option for educating kids of the future.

  • The technology cannot replicate a good educator.

    If you think that simply spewing out information to a student is providing a real education, you're mistaken. A computer cannot replace the interpersonal effects a teacher can have on students, nor the ability to recognize the different styles of learning individual students may have and thus adjust to them- it can only recognize what's been programmed.

  • Computers can NEVER replace human teachers

    And why would we give in to the whims of this current generation? Why would we replace an emotionally-capable, wisdom-capable and experienced human teacher for a blank, eye-harmful screen? Why would we let our children be taught by a machine instead of an actual person? I don't see it, I can't see it. There are two sides to this problem, but I choose to believe that human teachers will always be the best. You know the reasons why. Choose what's best for your kids.

  • Computers can NEVER replace human teachers

    And why would we give in to the whims of this current generation? Why would we replace an emotionally-capable, wisdom-capable and experienced human teacher for a blank, eye-harmful screen? Why would we let our children be taught by a machine instead of an actual person? I don't see it, I can't see it. There are two sides to this problem, but I choose to believe that human teachers will always be the best. You know the reasons why. Choose what's best for your kids.

  • Computers are NOT going to REPLACE teachers.

    Computers are nothing like teachers.
    - Who will need to program them? Teachers will need to be there to make sure the children don't go wild.
    - People who want to be teachers, can't if there are computers around.
    - Computers will only follow what is programmed to do. Human teachers give children their point of view and some methods to do it. Computers will only do what method is programmed and nothing else.

  • Computers as teaching aid

    Computers can not replace teachers , they must be used in the instructional process ,but as a teaching aid not a replacement for the teacher . Computers do not understand the facial expressions of the students whether they understand or not .Also , the most important thing in the instructional media is the interaction between the teacher and the students occurring in the classroom a thing which the computers lack .

    Posted by: yoka
  • A teacher takes a hand opens a mind and touches a heart...

    Teachers are people who contribute their time energy and wisdom in molding the students.A school is a place where we learn social interactions unlike like that of a computer where you don't have to look at a person's face while expressing your views or asking your doubts.In a school students learn with the guidance of teachers how to communicate with each other and how to possess leadership qualities.People fail to understand the reality that in real life interactions are not like being in a group in social networking sites.Apart from mental things there are physical problems also while using a computer.It is not good for the eyes and there will be a lot of distractions while using a computer.So I conclude a computer screen can never replace a book and a teacher.


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