Saturday 16 December 2017

Technology needs more central role in education

Education Minister Richard Bruton Photo: Tom Burke
Education Minister Richard Bruton Photo: Tom Burke

Grainne Loughran

Education Minister Richard Bruton has said that digital technologies will change the role of the teacher to more of a "coach or mentor".

Speaking at the launch of 'I'm an Adult Learner 2016' by Aontas, the National Adult Learning Organisation, the minister (inset) said technology should be given a more central role in education.

"The way people describe a teacher will become as a coach and a mentor rather than someone who is directing the learning," he said.

"It does flip the way a classroom is viewed, where learners are much more shaping what they do, and they're being coached and mentored.

"That's a big change for the way people think about the classroom and I think we will have to work with teachers and with principals to help them empower the teachers.

"Teaching has to change dramatically in the future because we are all learners."

Irish Independent

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