How to Use Technology Effectively to Transform Your ESL Classroom. What comes to mind when you hear the word “technology”?
Did you imagine computers? Smart phones? Apps? Or perhaps GPS? The Wii? 10 of the Most Engaging Uses of Instructional Technology (with Dozens of Resources and Tools) Are you looking for ways to integration technology in your lesson plans and courses that provide for an engaging experience for you and your students?
Fans of instructional technology know that it can be fun and inviting, and engaged students are far more likely to be learning. I believe that if you can get students involved and motivated effectively enough, you can improve their learning habits over the long term. With that in mind, here are 10 highly engaging uses of technology in the classroom, along with dozens of tools and resources for implementation.
Most of these involve free web based tools, so that's an added bonus! Interactive Collaboration The 2014 Gates Foundation report, Teachers Know Best: What Educators Want from Digital Instructional Tools, indicates that teachers want tools “supporting student collaboration and providing interactive experiences”. Gathering Feedback Embedding Questions in Videos Today’s students consume video like drinking water. Active Learning. Technology in the Classroom.
What Is Successful Technology Integration? Technology integration is the use of technology resources -- computers, mobile devices like smartphones and tablets, digital cameras, social media platforms and networks, software applications, the Internet, etc. -- in daily classroom practices, and in the management of a school. Successful technology integration is achieved when the use of technology is: Routine and transparent Accessible and readily available for the task at hand Supporting the curricular goals, and helping the students to effectively reach their goals When technology integration is at its best, a child or a teacher doesn't stop to think that he or she is using a technology tool -- it is second nature.
And students are often more actively engaged in projects when technology tools are a seamless part of the learning process. Technology in Education. 50 Education Technology Tools Every Teacher Should Know About. Via Edudemic Technology and education are pretty intertwined these days and nearly every teacher has a few favorite tech tools that make doing his or her job and connecting with students a little bit easier and more fun for all involved. Yet as with anything related to technology, new tools are hitting the market constantly and older ones rising to prominence, broadening their scope, or just adding new features that make them better matches for education, which can make it hard to keep up with the newest and most useful tools even for the most tech-savvy teachers.
Here, we’ve compiled a list of some of the tech tools, including some that are becoming increasingly popular and widely used, that should be part of any teacher’s tech tool arsenal this year, whether for their own personal use or as educational aids in the classroom. Social Learning These tools use the power of social media to help students learn and teachers connect. Top 10 Educational Technology Resources for the Classroom. By Holly Poulos Engage students in your classroom with our Top 10 favorite interactive educational technology resources.
These websites will help you create new and captivating lesson plans for your curriculum. LessonCast is a website where experienced teachers submit—via PowerPoint, document, pictures, or web cam—a "lesson idea or management strategy in 2 minutes 30 seconds or less. " 7 tech tools now available in the classroom, for better or worse. The analog-to-digital shift that has seen e-readers booting out books, smartphones trumping landlines and tablets making desktops look fuddy-duddy is also bringing new tech tools to the classroom.
Last month, I read this New York Times article about CourseSmart, an app that allows teachers to track whether students have done their reading in digital textbooks, with interest. In the article, the dean of Texas A&M’s business school, which is testing out the technology, admitted it was “Big Brother, sort of, but with a good intent.” And while it did seem to undermine one of the main points of college — that reading and studying are self-motivated — it also seemed like a good way for students to be able to demonstrate to professors that, yes, they are paying attention, and for professors to get real data as to what material just isn’t clicking for their students. The tech solutions available to teachers now go far beyond the overhead projector. 12 Easy Ways to Use Technology in the Classroom, Even for Technophobic Teachers. Bernie Poole: Creating Your Own Web Site. You're a teacher and you want to create your own Web site, but you don't know where to start.
Or you train pre-service or in-service teachers and you want them to create their own Web sites. You'd like to give them guidelines to help them along the way. The set of handouts provided at the end of this article should do the trick. The handouts, which I developed for my students in the Division of Education at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, USA, will get you or your students started creating a Web site. And, if you complete all the handouts, they'll take you to the point at which you'll have a substantial teacher-oriented Web presence. These handouts assume you have Internet Explorer installed on your computer -- although you can use them equally well with Mozilla's free open source browser FireFox or a built-in Netscape Web page editor.
The first handout, "Getting Started," helps users set up a free Web-site account in SuperFreeHost.org.