Utilizing creative methods to utilize technologies in your classroom will simplify your work as a teacher, and increase students’ enthusiasm levels and involvement in the classroom. It can help with communication between students and teachers (as well as peer-to-peer) and organizing the curriculum calendar or improving lessons and presentations using multimedia and images There is no end to the possibilities of using technologies in your classroom for a rich learning environment.
How can technology be used in the classroom?
Digital Field Trips
An increasingly sought-after, practical, and affordable tool for teachers looking for innovative ways to utilize technologies in their classrooms is to take digital field excursions. Google Streetview and similar applications let you virtually explore forests, parks, and even international and national landmarks from your classroom. Virtually take in the views at the Statue of Liberty or hike through the Grand Canyon to get students eager to learn more about a particular area or topic and take their learning further than the pages!
Today I owe all credit for my ability in the field of typing to my time playing games of typing at the Computer Lab at the elementary school I attended. In addition to being fantastic, and highly stimulating programs to teach students how to type, they made working with computers enjoyable and thrilling for me, and laid the groundwork for all the other computer-related knowledge I’ve acquired in the past. Learning is enjoyable and using technology to facilitate games-based education inside your school could assist in achieving this objective. While learning software can be a fantastic educational tool, gaming education can be as simple as making a virtual scavenger hunt by creating the list of questions you want students to research and find the correct answer for, and putting them into groups or pairs to promote collaboration and collaboration!
Integrate Social Media
As students already spend most of their time using Facebook and other social networks, infusing their use in your classroom is one of the most creative ways to incorporate technology into the classroom. It allows students to connect to the curriculum, resources for classrooms, and each other. Create a Facebook group for your class, where you publish discussion topics or create distinctive classroom Twitter hashtags that students can use to discuss their lessons and ask any questions!
Get Student Comments
The most important test for any structure or curriculum in the classroom is the way in which it assists students to learn. Getting input from the students is essential for assessing the effectiveness of this, determining what’s not working, and addressing issues and confusion when they occur. Utilize online polls and surveys to conduct daily or weekly check-ins with students to hear their thoughts about lessons and to address any lingering issues or questions. Increase the use of Twitter hashtags by inviting students to tweet their thoughts and concerns using a class hashtag.
#QTNA (questions that require answers!)
The creation of digital content
The creation of digital content that is connected to what they’re studying is a fantastic method for students to showcase their talents as creative and also showcase their learning. As with any other project, the process of creating content is most effective when students are able to express themselves in ways that highlight and accommodate their personal strengths and learning/communication styles. Give students the opportunity to express themselves using podcasts, videos, blogs, eBooks, flyers, and other digital artwork or other ways they are most comfortable. Recognizing each student’s uniqueness and their need for expression will help them grow as learners.
Utilizing a Classroom Calendar
Create a shared online calendar for your classroom using Google Calendar or similar software to post important updates. Put due dates for assignments as well as class occasions (such as field trips or guest speakers) in a single, easily accessible location for students and teachers. Take it one step further and communicate the calendar to parents so that they are informed and involved in their child’s academic progress.
Review and Critique Webpages
While we all know that you can find anything online but we also know that the majority of information you will find isn’t credible information from trusted sources. I’m sure I was told repeatedly by professors and teachers “Wikipedia isn’t a trustworthy source” when writing research papers however I can’t remember an instructor that explained the reason. Instill in your student’s knowledge of technological literacy to discern reliable websites and sources from those that aren’t by examining them together creating and communicating standards of the characteristics that define a trustworthy source.
Multimedia and Video Lessons as well as Presentations
Make presentations more engaging for students by adding visual effects, images video, audio, and other elements into your presentations. Creating slideshows and digital presentations that play music or a video to provide background and context when presenting or inviting guest speakers to interact with your students using programs specifically designed with conference call capabilities (such as Skype, Google Hangouts, and Facetime) are all exciting and innovative ways to increase participation in lessons while teaching students the advantages using technological advancements and multimedia.
What Benefits Students Get From using technology in the classroom
Incorporating technology into classrooms makes for greater (and more efficient) interaction between teachers and students as well as between students and their parents, peers, and teachers each of which is essential to the student’s academic progress. Making use of technology in your classrooms allows students to be involved in their education. Students can take charge of their own learning by providing feedback on lessons, engaging in learning and projects that respect their uniqueness as well as having the opportunity and support to understand and learn how to utilize technology in a creative way efficiently and safely.
Online Activities for Students who have finished their school work early.
Create learning stations that help students work at their own speed. If a student completes an assignment in the early hours instead of waiting for the rest of the class in the class to finish their work or the class to finish Students can extend and further enhance their knowledge by going to a learning station, playing educational games, or engaging in other activities online related to their studies.