Although many technology based teaching strategies effectively engage students and build their skills, many educators encounter difficulties when using technology in the classroom.
Sometimes a specific platform may be too difficult to introduce due to bad or slow internet connections.
By only using the ones that best apply to you and your students you will reap the benefits that education technology can deliver.
Education, like almost every other area of our society, has evolved in leaps and bounds in recent years. Traditional teaching techniques, based mainly on a teacher explaining a topic and students taking notes, is still proven to be useful, but education today revolves more around encouraging the student and increasing their desire to learn. This can be done through creating more interactive lessons and using various types of technology in your classroom.
Quieten a noisy classroom-
If you are teaching younger kids especially junior infants right through to 4th class there is a great app which you can use to quieten a Noisy Classroom. There are a number of useful apps to use in the classroom when you are giving lessons and presentations. These apps act as tools that track and display classroom noise.
For example, “Too Noisy” is an accurate noise meter. You’ll likely find that without having to tell them students will become quiet when the meter spikes.
You can also use these apps on your interactive whiteboard so that the class can see the meter and in turn will not be as noisy.
Your class won’t be as disruptive when you give a lesson or run an independent work activity.
As a result you’ll have an easier time presenting content and also a quieter classroom.
Another excellent way to us technology in your classroom would be to use videos for “mini-lessons”
You can create your lesson plans by using videos as stand-alone overviews for some topics.
There are also many websites that host teacher-made video content such as TeacherTube which is an education only version of YouTube which covers all core subject areas.
When using TeacherTube it allows you to search for a specific topic or browse by category, quickly finding relevant videos. For example, searching for a particular “topic” will load results containing study guides, and specific lessons.
By using this kind of technology in the classroom you are adding multimedia element to your lessons, which can effectively enhance your lessons and as a result may resonate with visual learners.
Various research carried out has shown that the use of animated videos can positively impact a child’s overall development in several competence areas including memory, creativity, critical thinking, and problem solving.
Playing relevant podcasts can not only supplement your lessons, but engage auditory learners and act as a learning station.
You can find podcasts that talk about a particular curricular related topic, interviews with authors of a novel which your class might be currently reading etc.
This is one of the easiest ways to use technology in your classroom — you just need a device with strong speakers.
Add Multimedia Elements to Presentations
Whereas slideshow presentations entirely made up of text can disengage students, ones with multimedia elements can effectively hold their attention by varying content delivery.
To increase a child’s engagement level always try and create presentations that are visually stimulating and appealing to look at.
When applicable, try to include:
- Podcast clips
- Sound effects
- Short video lessons
- News, movie and television show clips
It’s likely that slideshow presentations already play a part in your lessons, and adding different kinds of media can make them more engaging.
These are just a few ways to introduce technology into your classroom but they are excellent way of making lessons more interactive and engaging for students.