As I was reading the texts available and watching the videos of professor Moran, an interesting connection came to my realization: integrating new technologies in the educational context supports teachers to develop methodologies and strategies considered active, and consequently leading students to be autonomous and researchers. Thus, technology provides an easier access to a larger variety of tools and more autonomy as the teacher’s constant presence might not be needed. In this aspect, teachers are the mediators and guiders to help students find their way to their personal developments. Then, I agree with Stanley when he pointed out that “introducing learners to these tools, and showing them when and how to use them, can help them help themselves at a later date.”
As professor Moran claims, active learning should be connected to reflection, and in order to allow that, it is important to engage and motivate students to be researchers. I would say that the technological scenario we are living in provides great opportunities for that. Teachers don’t need to know every aspect related to digital resources or tools, but they should be aware of the constant need they have to explore and discover these possibilities. Also, another reason for that, is what Stanley mentioned in his book:
“Technology should always be part of what a teacher is currently doing with a class, and only be used to promote and extend learning. It shouldn’t be something special, done as a break from regular classroom learning or as a reward for good behaviour.”
This awareness dialogues to what we have previously discussed in our classes and forums, that a meaningful learning requires processes that are connected to students’ realities, needs and objectives.