Philosophy

 
 

Growing up in Saudi Arabia and receiving most of my education there I did not have a clear philosophy in education, but I never felt satisfied with the way I had been taught. In most of the educational institutes in Saudi Arabia the main way teachers deliver lessons is through lecture. Furthermore, there is no place for using technology effectively. As a result, I did not feel part of the educational process. Instead, it seemed that I would spend 8 hours a day at school just to fill my brain with a ton of rote information that I then emptied into an exam. I never felt like I actually learned much of anything that I could use later. I knew that the way we as Saudis learned was not an effective educational process; however, before coming to the United States, I did not know how we could improve the learning for a better outcome. At this point I knew there was a problem, but I didn’t know how to fix it in a professional way. In other words, I had no educational philosophy because although I knew something was amiss, I was not aware of any theories that might fix the situation. For this reason, I decided to complete my education in the education field here in the United States.

Studying educational technology in the United States helped me to develop a philosophy that will help me improve the education system in Saudi Arabia. My studies introduced me to many great tools and showed me how they could be used in effective ways. In addition, the experiences that I gained as a student here exposed me to many wonderful ideas and skills and where I was highly motivated. As a result, my educational philosophy became clear.  Now, at the end of my years studying for a master degree in educational technology, I believe that technology offers to the world tons of new effective tools that should be used in the learning process in education.  I also believe that students should participate in the learning process. These two ideas make up the core of my educational philosophy.

Since I am from a generation who grew up with technology, I felt more comfortable using it in my education during my studies for my master. This is at variance with my undergraduate years in Saudi Arabia where I did not use technology that much. Through my experiences in the online classes I believe this way of delivering instruction is successful and should be used more in my country to help students obtain a good education no matter what part of the country they live in. However, I also believe that too much technology is the same as no technology and could have an adverse effect on their understanding. The use of technology must be tempered with interaction between the teacher and students as well as between the students themselves.

Just as a variety of technologies can be used in the classroom as a tool for better learning, they can also be used as an aid to motivate students who are also used to using technology. Students should be involved in their learning, and this can be achieved by letting them use the technologies with which they are already familiar, such as Internet research or using technology to create projects. If students are a part of their own leaning process, the result is that what they learn is more meaningful and lasting.