Incorporating technology into the everyday classroom routine can often be time-consuming and challenging for teachers already faced with a myriad of duties and responsibilities. This task is even more challenging if the teacher is not particularly tech-literate. However, the good news is that because of the easy availability of today’s emerging technologies, it is painless to incorporate these vital skills into any curriculum and it’s easier than ever before to learn how to use them. Here are a few techniques and ideas for teachers to use technology in any classroom situation.
Class web page
A dedicated classroom website can inspire and inform both parents and students. Savvy teachers use this website to post announcements, homework assignments, and other informative details to assist and encourage students to use the web as a resource. It also provides students with a resource to reference if they ever forget what was said in class.
Working technology into teaching materials
Most students are often more technologically inclined than their adult teachers, and so it makes sense for teachers to use technology to liven up classroom presentations and teaching materials in an effort to appeal to students on their level. Students will be excited to use technology, especially if they’re already familiar with the resource being used. Teaching students how to use various types of technology also helps them prepare for their future careers where they’ll likely have to learn and use some type of technology.
Implement an online grading system
Many schools, especially at the secondary level, have already made the transition to online grade reporting. These schools recognize the value of posting grades online instantaneously for easy reference and accessibility.
Embrace email for communication
Because this generation embraces online communication, it would be a wise idea for educators to implement an email curriculum. A modern-day “pen pal” system ran through an e-mail exchange can benefit students in a variety of real-world ways. Educators can also create online communities for students to discuss homework and complete homework.
Use technology to publish student work
Now more than ever, it is easier for educators to teach students how to create and publish their work in a professional manner. By using a variety of film, editing, and music tools, students can create self-published work that surpass all of their expectations while encouraging further growth in that skill set.
Use podcasts as a learning tool
Some of the most rapidly growing segments of technology are happening in the podcast industry. With thousands of podcasts available these days, they are quickly becoming the ideal vehicle to reach young students and educate them on certain subjects. Educators can use podcast technology to record their lectures or students can even be encouraged to create their own podcasts to document their learning and inspire others. The possibilities are truly endless!