Computers Might Replace Teachers in the Future

May 16, 2011

Unlocking Word Meanings
Read the following words/expressions found in today’s article.

1. equipped (adj.) [ih-kwipt] – to be provided or built with whatever is necessary for a certain activity or function
Example: The computers are equipped with a defense system against virus.

2. pace (n.) [peys] – the speed of a movement or progress of something
Example: The man walked at a slow pace that is why he missed the bus.
3. curriculum (n.) [kuh-rik-yuh-luhm] – the group of subjects given to a school or a university; a course of study.
Example: Our school offers a complete curriculum that equips students with various business skills.

4. revolutionize (v.) [rev-uh-loo-shuh-nahyz] – to cause a major change in a specific field
Example: Science revolutionized health care.

Read the text below.

Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple Computer, thinks computers can solve problems in US public education.

Wozniak says advanced versions of computers equipped with basic human skills —movement, eyesight, and hearing— can enable computers to teach like human teachers.

Although human teachers would not be replaced anytime soon, he believes that the ability of computers to teach students one-on-one can help facilitate learning depending on the student’s own pace.

Public education in the US may have to cut budgets which can affect class size, curriculum and teachers’ salary. As a result, students are taught the same lesson at the same pace.

Wozniak, who had experienced teaching in elementary for eight years, believes that the educational system needs to adapt to the present needs of children by encouraging creativity through individual learning.

Presently, Wozniak is the chief scientist for a data processing company. He played a very significant role in the invention of Apple I and II which revolutionized personal computers. He said that he learned about computers not in school but from his father and in his bedroom where he played the computer every night.

Viewpoint Discussion
Enjoy a discussion with your tutor. 

Discussion A

·         What abilities do computers have that human teachers do not possess?
·         What are the limitations of computers as teachers?

Discussion B

·         What are the advantages of learning with a group?
·         What are the benefits of learning at your own pace?

May 16, 2011