Today’s blog is a guest post from Chris Richardson. Chris is a journalist, editor, and a blogger. He loves to write, learn new things, and meet new outgoing people. He is also fond of traveling, sports, and playing the guitar. Follow him on Google+.
Digitalization is not just an educational trend; it’s practically a necessity in every modern classroom. The generations we teach were raised with technology. All kinds of devices, online services, platforms, and software will be part of their future.
We have to rely on their inclination on technology to make education more fun for them. Plus, we have to prepare them for that tech-dependent future by teaching them how to use technology in a safe and useful manner.
By implementing technology in the classroom, we can engage the students on a whole new level, and we can optimize the engagement levels. The only question is: how do we do that?
Let’s list 10 simple ways to make the classroom tech-friendly.
- Use a Learning Management System
A learning management system enables each student to access learning materials from home, through their own device. Choose a LMS that’s easy to use for you and your students. You can provide lectures in the form of slides, but you may also engage the students more by sharing interactive questions, quizzes, documentaries, 3D videos, and more.
- Make the Classroom a Tech-Friendly Space
This will require an investment from the school, but it will certainly be worthwhile. In order to bring technology into the classroom, you must adjust the space itself. You can do that by adding charging ports on the desks or throughout the classroom, so empty batteries won’t be a problem. USB chargers are also an option.
The school may also need to invest in a LED-display projector, so you’ll be able to share learning material in a high-quality format.
- Consider Flipping the Classroom
The flipped classroom method offers you an opportunity to use technology to its full potential. Your students will access the lessons through their own devices from home, and you’ll lose the classroom time for homework and various activities. Before you do this, you must make sure that all your students have access to an Internet-connected device at home.
- Use Different Tools to Teach Academic Writing
Essay writing has to be one of the most challenging aspects of education. You can make the process more accessible if you provide well-written samples of essays and other types of projects, so your students will understand exactly what you’re looking for. There’s an online service that helps you get unique samples – Essay Geeks.
- Make Place for Augmented Reality
Augmented reality combines the online environment with the physical setting of the classroom. By pointing their devices on a wallpaper, object, or content on paper, your students will be able to access fun instructions, videos, and all kinds of information online.
- Use Twitter
If your students are over 13, you may use Twitter for educational purposes. You will share cool information under relevant hashtags, so you’ll add a fun aspect to every concept you’re trying to teach.
- Share Resources on Pinterest Boards
Pinterest is a great platform, whose use goes well beyond pictures of recipes and inspiring quotes. You may create separate boards for different chapters, and share relevant online content for your students to explore.
- Expand Your Teaching Methods through a Podcast
You may provide one lesson per week through a podcast. Needless to say, this won’t be simple lecturing. You must make it really engaging, so your students won’t even notice how time went by while listening to it. Find interesting facts related to the topic and build the lesson around them.
You can also record class discussions and make them a part of your podcast.
- Share Content Online!
Start a classroom blog! There, you can post videos and instructions in various formats, so your students and their parents can access them in a safe environment. Speaking of a safe environment, Edublogs is a great platform choice.
Your students can comment on your posts to ask any questions, which of course you’ll answer. They can also collaborate on research and write blog content, and you’ll make them proud by publishing it.
- Show Videos!
You’ll find tons of relevant educational content on YouTube, Vimeo, TED, and other platforms. Whenever you’re working on a challenging topic, you may make it more approachable by showing a video. Choose a video by a charismatic presenter, who uses visual content to explain the concepts. Then, give additional explanations to your students and invite them to discuss.
There’s a reason why your students are so into technology: it gets their focus and keeps them engaged. When you implement the right approach, you may make the learning experience much more enjoyable for them.