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Do you believe computers could replace teachers?

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montillabyron | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted July 11, 2009 at 7:25 AM via web

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Do you believe computers could replace teachers?

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krishna-agrawala | College Teacher | Valedictorian

Posted July 11, 2009 at 7:54 AM (Answer #2)

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Computers can definitely help students in a big way to learn. Similarly they can help teachers in teaching more effectively. But computers can never replace teachers completely. To begin with teachers are needed to decide and tell computer software developers what the computers will teach and how they will teach it.

People have figured out how many of the routine lecturing and checking activities can be done more economically using computers. For example, lecture by teacher recorded once can be made available to students all over the world on their computer through the Internet. There are many ways of making these lectures interactive also. Still there are many other useful features of face to face interaction between a real teacher and students that can not be replicated on computers. For example, teacher can sense when students are loosing interest in the the lecture and introduce some changes in the patter of lecture to revive their interest. This cannot be done by computer.

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted July 11, 2009 at 8:17 AM (Answer #3)

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I would like to address this in one more venue.  While I am not certain that computers can replace teachers, I do think that the online discussion and participatory format can be revealing in one's education.  One of the challenges of in class discussion is that not every voice is heard.  Sometimes, there can be two or three in class voices that dominate the discussions, while other times, there is simply a lack of comfort in speaking aloud.   Using the computer and information technology can enhance classroom discussion to include more voices that are not merely in the classroom.  While computers replacing teachers might be in one domain, I think that computers can transform how we look at sharing ideas and classroom discussions in broadening its reach and appeal.

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sullymonster | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted July 16, 2009 at 6:38 PM (Answer #4)

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I agree with both posts about the benefits of computer-assisted learning.  However, I think there is a real danger to introducing too much of this too early on.  Students need to be engaging in the social aspect of learning as well.  Most children growing up together are becoming "fluent" at communicating via technology - email, text messages, twitter, etc..  However, we need to instill oral language and behavior skills at a young age, when the brain is still developing language skills and before it "hardens", if you will.  Sticking to the basics with young children, and slowly integrating the computer-based instruction is a better approach.  So, to answer the question - no, they can't.  They can only help.  Below are links to a couple of articles on the topic:

http://www.enotes.com/computers-education-article/computer-assisted-education-does-benefit-young

http://www.enotes.com/computers-education-article/computers-cannot-replace-teachers

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besure77 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

Posted June 14, 2010 at 9:50 AM (Answer #5)

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There are many benefits of using computers in the classroom but I certainly do not think that they can replace teachers. Computers do not show compassion for students the teachers do. Teachers generally care very much about their students and want them to succeed and will go the extra mile to make sure that happens. Computers cannot do this.

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted June 27, 2011 at 2:14 PM (Answer #6)

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Computers cannot really replace teachers. I have taught both in an online degree program and high school. In each case, there was a designated curriculum but I still provided guidance and graded papers. The problem with a computer is that it can't provide encouragement and support when a student gets frustrated. A computer doesn't understand when a teenager has had a fight with her mother or boyfriend, when she's up at two in the morning with a sick infant, or when his mother is dying of cancer. You need a human for that. Teaching is not just about subject matter. It's about helping students through the difficult parts of their lives, while making sure they are learning.
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acompanioninthetardis | TA , Undergraduate | Valedictorian

Posted May 31, 2014 at 11:27 PM (Answer #7)

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I actually dont think computers can replace teachers. Computers are great, sure, they provide to us answers which are usually more accurate then the average human recall ability. However, i personally feel that teachers are in a way meant to inspire students with all the possibilities that they can have in their future. 

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zumba96 | TA , Grade 11 | Valedictorian

Posted May 31, 2014 at 11:54 PM (Answer #8)

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While anything can be found in a computer, it is not the same as a face to face meeting and interacting. All the information is found online all the time whether on google or sites such as these, many people can find information quickly, but they may not retain it. With a teacher memories could relate to a set of problems or a lab and that would be a better method of teaching as well 

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Wiggin42 | TA , Grade 11 | Valedictorian

Posted June 29, 2014 at 6:06 PM (Answer #9)

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Computers can’t replace the teachers. Even online classes teachers are there to explain through videos. The human interaction is necessary to gain a valuable knowledge experienced by the teacher. Learning become mechanical and monotonous . This may likely reduce the motivation of the learner and may eventually drop the class in the future.

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udonbutterfly | TA , College Freshman | Salutatorian

Posted June 30, 2014 at 3:23 AM (Answer #10)

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I don't think computers can ever replace the experience of having a teacher. Although with computers it lets the child work at a more comfortable relaxed pace instead of a pressured atmosphere. However sometimes having a more pressured atmosphere teaches students about the importance of being on time with quality work.

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melissa1106 | TA , Grade 11 | Salutatorian

Posted July 24, 2014 at 12:46 AM (Answer #11)

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All this technology is a very useful guide in the classroom and can help students learn more and be a useful resource in researching but I personally do not believe that they should be replacing teachers in a traditional classroom. teachers are there to assist students in to use technology technology itself should not be the teacher because it doesn't know the personal strengths and weaknesses of the students.

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arrellbelle | TA , College Sophomore | Valedictorian

Posted July 26, 2014 at 6:27 PM (Answer #12)

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It would be incredibly weird if computers replaced teachers one day. However, with the rapid progression of technology, it wouldn't be impossible. Computers can remain un-bias when grading the work of their students and grading papers, exams, tests, or quizzes will be efficient and done rather quickly. This will help speed up the learning process and getting more done within the school year. However, an answer from the computer can only be computed when programmed by a human. Also, how will a computer grade things like, "What is art?".

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