You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.
As computers are being used more and more in education, there will be soon no role for teachers in the classroom.
Do you agree or disagree?
You should write at least 250 words and give reasons and examples where relevant.
Model Answer 1:
There have been immense advances in technology in most aspects of people’s lives, especially in the field of education. Nowadays, an increasing number of students rely on computers for research and to produce a perfect paper for school purposes. Others have decided to leave the original way of learning and to get knowledge through online schools. These changes in the learning process have brought a special concern regarding the possible decrease of importance of teachers in the classroom.
Some people believe the role of teachers started to fade because computers have been helping some students to progress in their studies quicker than when compared with an original classroom. For example, in the same classroom, students have different intellectual capacities, thus some would be tied to a slow advance in their studies because of others’ incapacity of understanding. In this way, pupils could progress in their acquisition of knowledge at their own pace using computers instead of learning from teachers.
However, the presence of a teacher is essential for students because the human contact influences them in positive ways. Firstly, students realise that they are not dealing with a machine but with a human being who deserves attention and respect. They also learn the importance of studying in group and respect other students, which helps them to improve their social skills.
Moreover, teachers are required in the learning process because they acknowledge some student’s deficiencies and help them to solve their problems by repeating the same explanation, giving extra exercises or even suggesting a private tutor. Hence, students can have a bigger chance not to fail in a subject.
In conclusion, the role of teachers in the learning process is still very important and it will continue to be in the future because no machine can replace the human interaction and its consequences.
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Sample Answer 2:
It is conspicuous that computer usage is proliferating in every walk of our life. Few people are afraid that they will substitute teachers in the education system. I believe teachers are our guides and nobody can replace them in our schools, colleges or universities.
Admittedly, the computer is a wonder machine and there is no paucity of information on the web. Every conceivable data is available to satisfy the curiosity of individuals. With its interactive capability, it’s gaining the interests of toddlers and youngsters. There are various intelligent software and simulators which enable people to grasp knowledge faster and in an easier way. Digital books are also available which helps individuals for having more information in no physical space.
The importance of computers is irrefutable. However, every individual is inimitable and have specific needs in their studies or learning. Teachers are the one who can understand the individuality of a pupil and guide him/her with clear concepts. Computers can ameliorate the access of knowledge but teachers are the one who can polish the student with the right guidance. In this modern era, teachers need to adapt so that they can assist their students with their great experience and the computer aid.
In the light of aforementioned points, computers are necessary as they are inundated with information to help individuals learn but at the same time teachers with their adapted behaviour can give better guidance. Hence there is no exaggeration to say that teachers were important in past, they hold a valuable place in present and will be our need in future as well; nobody can take their position in the classroom.
( By Varsha Maheshwari)
Sample Answer 3:
There is no doubt that education system and learning has changed due to the introduction of computers. The search for information has become very easy, interesting, and connectivity expedited different data availability simultaneously. The experts are making computers more intelligent and powerful day by day. In my opinion role of teachers will never disappear in any time but their role will be changed according to time.
Nobody can disagree with this statement that learning from computers and the internet is more amusing and convenient for students and professionals. It makes the relaxed and stress-free situation to students for assignment and project preparation and for professional for making different types of official works. Furthermore, a person can get a lot of valuable and necessary information related to any area of study in short time, which is impossible without computers. In addition advanced level students can approach to online classes, where a teacher delivers a well-prepared lecture to the student. This is a great opportunity that computers provide to professional so that they can attend online classes besides their jobs. the computer has made easy the role of teachers in primary level as well as in advance level because teachers develop their capabilities and skill while reading different materials developed by experts.
To summarise my opinion, the role of teachers will change but their complete absence would not be possible as pupils cannot learn effectively and in an efficient way without the supervision and guidance of a good teacher. Especially at the elementary level, the role of a teacher is very important, because at this stage students need more guidance from teachers. Guidance and assistant without teachers are not only difficult but also impossible in the education sector.
[by Maher Ali ]
Sample Answer 4:
The 21st century is the century of technology and we cannot imagine it without computers. Technological advancement without computers is unthinkable. In each and every field of life, the computer has the role of backbone. This can also be seen in the field of education where everything from lectures, assignments, projects, research work is being conveyed through computers. However, despite all these revolutionary changes I still feel the role of teachers in the classroom cannot be eliminated. This will be analysed in detail in the following paragraphs.
The computers are being used as a major medium of communication in educational institutions, especially in the high schools and universities. For instance, online education all across the world is being communicated via computers and the lectures are either given live or recorded and the computer is the only mode of communication for delivering knowledge, not the knowledge itself. Still the fundamental about teaching and lessons remain the same and at the end, the teacher is the one imparting knowledge.
Further, the computer cannot understand the mental capabilities of the student. It will only deliver what has been programmed into it. It doesn’t have an idea whether the student listening lecture is able to absorb or not? Now look at an example a computer is giving recorded lecture to one hundred students and it even doesn’t know that student is watching or involved in some other activities.
Lastly, the teacher is one who is emotionally attached to his students and computer doesn’t. A teacher feels proud when his students pass the subject with good grades. Computers do not care about that at all.
Finally, to summarise, the computer is a necessity for the world’s development. But I don’t think that there will be ever a time that teachers can be replaced with computers no matter how much we advance. The teachers should always think the computers as their support and the bridge for educating students.
[by Mubashir Mehdi ]