Spanish teachers learn about their first lesson of school in Spanish on a digital tablet while studying on a virtual playground.
In a world where English-speaking teachers are often underpaid, it is no surprise that Spanish teachers in general, and teachers in particular, struggle with teaching English in a way that is appealing to learners, says professor Pedro Jasso from the University of Valencia.
He says that teaching in Spanish is often viewed as a hard and complex task, requiring a certain level of expertise.
However, he says, it does offer a very different experience from teaching in English.
“We don’t want to make English a boring subject, but it’s more like a difficult subject that you need to be really good at,” he says.
“We don´t want to have English teachers who just know what they want to say.
It’s very important that they can understand what’s going on in the world and the world needs teachers that can understand this world.”
Jasso says he is surprised that many teachers don’t learn how to use an iPad to help them communicate better with students.
“The iPad has made it so much easier,” he explains.
“But we have to be careful about teaching on the iPad.
It can cause problems in a classroom.
It has to be something that is very personal, that is really close to you, that you can talk to.”
It’s like if you are in a small town and you are driving your car with the window down, you have to make sure you are talking to the children in the car.
It´s hard to teach with a laptop, because the kids don´ts know what you can do with a tablet.” “
It’s very, very difficult to teach to a small child.
It´s hard to teach with a laptop, because the kids don´ts know what you can do with a tablet.”
Jaceso says that he believes that the focus on learning on an iPad is a positive step forward.
“With the iPad, it’s easier for the teacher to have a way to communicate, because it´s a mobile device, and they can talk with the kids on the tablet,” he tells New Scientist.
The lesson Jasso is talking about is about using an iPad for a group project, where students learn to make music, write poetry, play games and so on. “
Teachers are more comfortable, they are more able to have their ideas in front of them.”
The lesson Jasso is talking about is about using an iPad for a group project, where students learn to make music, write poetry, play games and so on.
The project will take place in an online world, so students will be using the iPad to listen to music, share their poems and to learn about different ways of writing poetry.
“For us, the project is very easy,” he continues.
“In the end, we are trying to create something that will be good for the students and we want them to use the iPad.”
However, the teacher is not the only one who thinks that the iPad is beneficial.
“My personal opinion is that the iPads are good, they help the teacher,” says teacher José de la Torre from the Catalan city of Barcelona.
“They make the teacher more efficient, more effective.”
He explains that the lessons on an iPhone or an iPad are easier to learn than on a computer because they don’t have to spend as much time trying to memorise what is happening in the classroom.
“You can do it on a tablet,” says de la Torres.
“And that is what we are aiming for.”
Teachers can also be able to use iPads for more creative projects, like drawing a map on the virtual playground, or creating a video game in which the students use their iPads to control the game.
De la Torres says that teachers in his local district in Barcelona use iPads to learn in a more structured and controlled way, and to communicate with students in a different way.
“When I teach in a school, I usually start with the students by asking them questions about their lives, about the world, about their future,” he said.
“I teach in an environment where we have students that are very active, that are passionate, that have ideas and we need to communicate these ideas to them in a very, almost direct way.” “
“We want them not only to read and write, but to talk, and sometimes to play games too.” “
I teach in an environment where we have students that are very active, that are passionate, that have ideas and we need to communicate these ideas to them in a very, almost direct way.”
“We want them not only to read and write, but to talk, and sometimes to play games too.”
Joseso is also concerned that iPads are not good for teaching in a social setting.
“A teacher can’t do the same as a student in a group,” he points out.
“He has to learn what they are doing, how to talk to them and how to understand their needs.”
Juesoso says the problem with iPads is that there are too many features that students can