It’s sometimes hard to determine how to use technology in the classroom responsibly. However, if used efficiently, technology can greatly enhance learning experiences. Here’s how to successfully use technology in the classroom.
Use PowerPoint or other modes of presentation
Having a visual guide to go along with a lesson will grab students’ attentions. Using presentation programs like PowerPoint can not only add a bit of multimedia flare to a lesson plan, but also a much-needed aid that can help students visualize the subject at hand. However, don’t let PowerPoint be the teacher. Including too many notes and bullet points on slides can bore students. Instead, try adding pictures or sound effects to enhance the lesson plan.
Let the students play educational games
Educational games, whether on the computer or a tablet, are a great way of helping students learn the day’s lesson. Websites like Kahoot! include multiple learning games for all ages that could be beneficial in the classroom.
Show videos in class for visual aids
Some subjects are a little difficult to understand based solely on the words written in students’ textbooks. Furthermore, some students learn better with visual aids. Showing videos can help students visualize the material they’ve been studying and give them a better understanding of the topic. Websites like TeacherTube and Edutopia offer a wide range of educational videos that can enhance lesson plans.
Prepare your students for future uses of academic technology
Students won’t just be using technology in the classroom. Most college classes expect familiarity when it comes to various types of technology. If they don’t have another way of learning, some students might feel unprepared once they start classes. Teaching students typing techniques, how to use websites like Google Drive and how to access online databases will better prepare them for their college career.
Teach students to use technology responsibly
The classroom is not the only place students will be using technology. While using computers or tablets for educational purposes, it might be beneficial for teachers to inform them about technological safety outside of the classroom. Students who are aware of cyberbullying and other online dangers will be more cautious of it while using devices on their own.
Text by Nick Adrian