Carolina Romero, teacher at Brandão Educational Center (CEB), removes borders and brings countries to her 6th through 9th grade Geography students, leaving them right at students’ fingertips. Romero, 32, recalls her early teaching years when large printed maps would hang in front of the chalkboard. The printed maps left students at a distance and unengaged. Now, with the use of mobile technology, the content is literally in the hands of each student.
Romero discovered her passion to teach in college while serving in a government program that taught youth and adult education. “It was exciting to see the impact that I had. I was able to convey information, transmit knowledge and bring back joy to people who had stopped studying a long time ago,” she recalls. After that, Romero worked in various educational settings ranging from Elementary to social projects. “Since my time in college, I have never stopped teaching.”
Tablets at school
The integration of tablets at school was a recent process at CEB. She says that the integration occurred naturally – due to the amount of interest students have in using the devices in class. “Technology draws attention. These children live in a very different environment than we did when we were students.”
According to her, it is important for teachers to follow this technological evolution. Teachers should continuously be seeking resources to facilitate the development of the class and improve the teaching and learning process. Romero says she frequently uses the discussion forums in Mosyle to exchange ideas with students, making her class even more dynamic. Additionally, these forums allow her to utilize mobile technology to distribute links, images and digital maps.
The new role of the teacher
For Carolina Romero, it is essential for teachers to continue to learn new, innovative teaching strategies to accommodate the multitude of information to which today’s students have access. “Even outside of school, through the use of technology, students can study in different ways and constantly seek and access information. We need to know how to work with that.”
Moreover, Romero emphasizes the power the teacher holds in the transformation of education. “As teachers, we play a key role in the formation of citizens and professionals of the next generation. We are agents of change. We are increasingly close to students and families, which favors in the development of emotional, educational and social skills. We are not in the classroom to only stream content, we have a much greater legacy to influence equality, responsibility and ethics.”