Teachers around the nation are trying harder than ever to retain the attention of their students. With the new surge of technology that is blanketing everything we do, students tend to be easily distracted with older teaching methods. It’s time to flip the switch on the new age of teaching and incorporate technology into the classroom.
One of the easiest ways to integrate technology into your classroom is as an organizational aid. Applications like online calendars, homework assignments, grading platforms, and more are great for helping both teachers, students, and parents stay up-to-date. Having these applications available on an online platform is simple to do and can keep missing homework assignments to a minimum as they can be easily accessed online. These organization conveniences can help to limit the amount of time you spend during class passing out papers and give you more time to teach.
Virtual field trips are becoming a big favorite of many teachers as they’re an easy way for their students to explore without the large expenditure. Getting field trips approved, signed permissions slips, and scheduling for travel and the destination can be a little overwhelming. It’s likely that when you were in school your field trips were limited to only a few times a year. With virtual field trips, you can plan a trip any day of the week. These are spectacular visual aids for students which can greatly help with the learning process.
Students process information differently. This is a fact of life that many of us become aware of during our own studies. For some, visual aids are ideal while others like to hear the words. By utilizing different types of teaching strategies, you can provide optimal learning environments for all types of students. Traditional lecturing, power points, videos, and music are all forms of different learning styles that can appeal to various students. Digital Portfolios: The Art of Reflection is a great way to see how students perform with different teaching strategies.
Connecting with students to answer homework and other study questions are becoming more essential. Traditionally, colleges tended to utilize these study sessions by offering evening meetings prior to tests with the professors. Unfortunately, this is not something which is highly practiced in the lower educational level. As a teacher, you should try to integrate a way to be available for your students outside of class hours. This can be easily done by holding a Google Hangout once a week and right before major tests. This will allow your students more access to help when they need it. In addition, for those students who require more study sessions, you can hold individual learning sessions in the late afternoon or evenings to keep their educational learning on track with the rest of the students in your class.
Technology is bringing a new revolution of learning to the classroom. This revolution allows for various learning styles and more retention from students who have in the past been left out with the traditional forms of teaching. We urge you as a teacher to try and integrate technology into your classroom on a regular basis.