Every day we take an additional progressive step towards embarking on the journey of digital and technology. While technology has been making many industrial and technical fields easy, there is almost/no empowerment of technology in the educational area.
The technology could come with a great deal of help for both teachers and students if used wisely. Most of the teachers are clueless about incorporating in their educational classes, and students have rather misused their availability of technology.
To help out most of our teachers and students here are ten tips for using technology as a part of education in your classrooms:
Subject over digital tool:
There are so many digital tools available for teachers and students, thanks to technology. Instead of pressuring over how to use every educational tool, concentrate on delivering the subject with an appropriate digital agency. Take opinions from students and improve the atmosphere of your classroom with the right available tool.
It is unnecessary to incorporate all educational tools in your classes. Too much technological pour on your notes can doze your students off. Balance your teaching skills with both your notes and digital tools to enhance your student’s learning. Remember, digital tools should lessen your burden and make students’ learning more comfortable, not the other way round.
Opt for safe and proven methods:
Internet is filled with so many tools and information; it’s difficult to read and teach in your teaching. Rely on only educational websites and apps that professionals and educators can update and pass the websites’ information. Content is sites like Wikipedia can be changed and altered by anyone, so surf before trusting a digital tool or website.
Some websites can also post some misleading and telltale facts and figures that can delude your teaching skills. Beware of unauthorized guidance from anywhere on Internet: download power-points, notes or pictures, and videos from trusted and preferred sources and sites.
Balance technology and teaching:
Technology is supposed to make our lives easy, agreed. But technology isn’t really perfect. It is almost filled with misleading, manipulative, and plagiarized work in disguise. Depending on Internet can hinder both teacher’s and student’s learning and overall performance.
Download all the papers required beforehand, prepare notes both physically and virtually, mix and match your subject letters with tools available. Either way, if one fails, you’ll have another choice in your hand. Be prepared anyway; it’ll help you stay on track with teaching students.
Pose alternates to students:
At the end of the day, it’s the student who needs to understand and learn. The teacher should present alternatives available for students without tiring themselves. Students should have the liberty to choose which option would make it easier and interesting for them.
Also, students can use all these alternatives to enhance their creativity during their assignments and projects. Students will learn how to use multiple tools and options and understand how to improve their work and manage time.
Teachers can learn multi-tasking and reduce their burden quite a lot by using both effortless and time-saving alternatives.
Use multi-media to make work fun:
Old school methodologies like paper work related submissions are time-consuming and require a lot of energy. Instead, give a swap of change and indulge multi-media choices into submission or formatting projects. Preparing videos, creating power-point presentations, and circulating notes using the camera to click pictures make work easier and learning fun yet practical.
Teachers can carry all the work that has to be scrutinized by them in their e-gadget! Goodbye to a heavy bag and clumsy work. Also, students cannot use any excuses for a late submission.
Produce Virtual content:
One of the fantastic benefits technology gives us is handling work and post/store in any electronic gadget. We can submit, send, receive notes and assignments with a single tap on your mobile phones or laptops.
It also enhances a student’s interest and passion for a subject or topic. Many tools will be a great deal of help to students in developing their work virtually. They can make any changes or add information quickly, also effortlessly.
Open an online classroom for students:
We have tools like Google classroom, where teachers can create a group for students. It is like a virtual classroom; students can post questions or doubts after school working hours. Teachers can send reference links, online courses, or any new information about a subject all at once.
Students can always know about syllabus or classes updates with one click. They can also figure out their assignments or work in the tools used for an online classroom.
Teach your experiences online:
While teachers get familiar with tools designed for educational purposes, they have to guide and teach students how to use specific tools for better performance and save time.
The teacher can also take classes on such tools to help students get used to them. This way, students won’t get tangled up in technology tools’ depth and learn time management.
Use tools for virtual field trips:
There so many digital tools that can virtually take students outside the classroom for a field trip. While teaching, use these tools to create an exciting atmosphere where students can indulge in visual experiences without stepping outside the classroom.
Students quickly grasp knowledge through visual aids. So, research about sources or ways to present a topic or chapter by showing some visual aids or tours for students. This way, learning can be fun and memorable.
Do not be scared to explore:
Most of the teachers are scared or terrified to use technology as a part of their curriculum. Students often misuse or skip their classes by using their phones unnecessarily. You can prevent this by blocking or banning a few URLs, continually checking on your student’s performance or merely confiscating phones if required.
By using technology, teachers can create an exquisite atmosphere for learning. Do not step back, looking at the limitations. Look for safe and innovative apps available for your classes.
Technology creates an amazing world for us to live in. However, if one uses it for his benefits and aids, technology can be progressive. Most people who can access this wonder often misuse it because they don’t know the depth of technology. With the proper use and knowledge, technology is always a boon for humankind.