Learning has no Borders: WizIQ in Paraguay
Teaching in a Live Online Class
Learning has no borders when it comes to technology. Today, students and teachers can connect for learning 24/7. They no longer need to be in the same physical space. However, connecting face-to-face in realtime is very important to the learning process.
There are many benefits to the face-to-face real time online learning environment that require our attention. Teaching in a asynchronous non-time dependent learning platform is not enough for today’s student. Students need immediate gratifications.
Students need to have the opportunity to be with the instructor in real time, so they can get immediate response to their questions and not have to wait. They need to see the teacher in action. WizIQ education online brings the face-to-face element into the equation.
WizIQ in Paraguay
I was invited to give a teacher training course on the use of technology for blended learning to teachers at an English language school and at a university. The university president and staff wished to learn about WizIQ. There is a huge interest in blended learning and they wanted to learn about the features available on WizIQ.
Stael Ruffinelli de Ortiz English
The workshop at the English language school focused on how to integrate web technologies such as Google drive, WizIQ, and Moodle into English as a foreign (EFL) language classes. The course took place at Stael Ruffinelli de Ortiz English school. The school is at the heart of the capital city of Paraguay, Asunción. The director of the school Mrs. Stael Ruffinelli de Ortiz believes that both teachers and students will benefit from the use technology for instruction and learning.
Teaching in a Traditional Framework
I still teach in a traditional brick and mortar school where the administrator may be interested in implementing technology, but where the teachers are not. However, the situation appears to be different in undeveloped and developing countries. The teachers in Paraguay were proof that teachers can make a difference at their school. They were very motivated to learn how to use technology in their classes.
Interest in e-Learning
There’s a huge interest in e-learning in developing countries around the world. Unlike many developed countries, the school administrators and teachers are very keen on using technology to motivate and facilitate student learning. The main challenges facing these countries are Internet connectivity. I’m looking forward to a time when everyone will be able to have fast Internet. In the meantime, mobile phones seem to offer some alternatives.
Teaching with Technology
There’s a lot of work to be done in K-12 and higher education schools. The majority of teachers are still using traditional teaching methods instead of focusing on student learning. I invite you to join the cause and bring one teacher online to Teaching with Technology free online course, so I can facilitate the process of integrating technology into their programs: http://www.wiziq.com/course/29834-teaching-with-technology
Collaborative Book on Teacher Experiences with Technology
Teachers are invited to write a chapter or chapters in a collaborative book on teaching with technology. Please fill in the form if you’re interested. You may pass on the form to your colleagues and friends.