Teachers are responsible for explaining the concrete activities to be developed during class. They are the ones who will solve any problems the students have that they can’t solve by themselves. However, it is important to keep in mind that they must first facilitate the interaction between participants in order to promote mutual help between them so that they learn from one another instead of concentrating only on their own task.
Therefore, one of the roles of the teacher in creating the interactive groups is to help participants to mix in heterogeneous groups. They have to explain to the participants the relevance of working with people from different levels and competences, backgrounds, knowledge, culture, etc. and how that can improve the learning process for all. This way, when the sessions continue to be developed with interactive groups, it will gradually become more natural for the participants to ask for help, explain their doubts to one another when they don’t know how to do something and to mix themselves in groups.
It is important to ensure that the participants share their doubts and help each other to actually understand the activities and why they are done a certain way. If everyone does the same as the one who usually gets the answers right but without really understanding why, they won’t learn how to use a computer, a smartphone or surf the Internet because when they are alone, they won’t know how to do it.
“The ones who give classes give the information and they do it in groups. As a teacher you go from group to group if they have doubts or to see if they do it right” Teacher of an ICT course.
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