Technology has become a common presence in classrooms around the world. From learning to type to having their own assigned iPads, modern students are equipped with more technology on a daily basis than they have ever been before. But, with this surge of technology can also come distraction and, in some cases, overload. That’s why it’s important for all teachers to use technology in class in the most productive ways. Here are a few tips for incorporating technology into a classroom:
1. Try new ways to present old material.
When you’ve been dealing with the same curriculum for many years, it’s hard not to feel a little bored, even as a teacher. The problem with that is it makes for a pretty uninspired classroom. As much as the best teachers work as hard as they can to keep information fresh and exciting, even the most inspired teachers can use a little refresh. Utilizing technology is the perfect way to get yourself to think of new methods to present the same ideas. Look for videos, online workbooks, infographics, anything that will help change things up. Create your own videos and photos for learning activities or have students create their own projects.
2. Allow students to explore topics on their own.
This is another wonderful thing about the power of the internet. It’s a world of information, ripe for people of all ages to explore. Fit some time into your curriculum for students to pursue their own interests. You can also give them directives according to lesson goals or topics and have them explore the online information in their own way. This adds a new dimension to their learning process and also gives them practice with academic internet use.
3. Look into district-funded gadgets.
One thing standing in the way of many teachers and the ability to incorporate technology into their class is lack of funding. Technology is a wonderful tool, but the cost of purchasing and up-keeping any tech investment is a serious investment. Teachers can’t afford to but these things on their own, and students cannot be expected to buy tech gadgets for school on a whim. Every teacher should, instead, become active within their school district to promote technology and vie for technology equipment for their classrooms.
4. Avoid too much tech play time.
While it’s important to allow students the time to get to know their technology devices and have some fun online, it’s good to make the distinction between work and play time. If students get too used to breaking out their iPads every time they want to take a break after an assignment or before class starts, they may be less likely to use technology productively during work time. Try to create a nice balance, but schedule in more time for “old-fashioned” play, such as games, outside time, arts and crafts, and other hands-on activities, rather than simply letting the students zone out electronically.
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