When I was a high school student, the teacher had all the attention He, or she was the fountain of knowledge. In my case and my classmates, the teacher had our full attention. Some teachers had textbooks that we could not get. Some had studied abroad. My physics teacher had studied in Cuba, one of my maths teachers were Asian.
Has anything changed? Do teachers still have the undivided attention of the students? I’ve been using to schools where this is always the case, but they are very few. The majority of schools have an attention shift towards the smartphone and social media platforms.
When the internet became more prominent, educators harnessed some of the educational applications. But education has been skeptical of social media and have focused on the negative impacts. They have highlighted cyberbullying and keeping children safe. Understandably so.
How can we harness the attention that social media platforms like Instagram and Snapchat are receiving from students? How can we build alternative and robust applications that are safe to use and beneficial to teaching and learning. Can we create applications using blockchain technology?
I see a lot of potential with blockchain technology, and I’m optimistic that we can build applications that can give personalized and self-paced learning to students. We need to harness the promise of decentralized systems using blockchain technology.
If we do not have the attention of the students, they cannot access the curriculum and fulfill the standard requirements. How can we tap into the focus on social media platforms that are safe to use for the students?
If we cannot build new systems, we will be struggling for attention for a long time to come. The education sector will continue to lose talented teachers who just want to deliver an excellent education without begging for attention.