Guest Post by Katrina D. Keller
One of the significant challenges teachers and educators alike are facing is inspiring and engaging with their students. Educators are accusing the proliferation of smartphones and other mobile devices to which many students are addicted to. This is, in fact, one of the biggest reasons why many educators aren’t on board with the concept of using technology in the classroom. There are still debates happening on whether or not students should be allowed to use their smartphones or tablets to their classes.
Today’s generations are incredibly tech-savvy, much more than any other previous generation.
This isn’t just an expression. Some solid facts back it. To add some weight to that statement, there are few findings compiled by the renowned Pew Research Center.
- Over 75 percent of teens own cell phones.
- 73 percent are on social networking sites such as Facebook or Instagram
- 38 percent share content they created (photos, stories, or videos) online.
- An average teenager sends 3,339 texts a month (Nielsen).
So it’s pretty apparent that if we want our future generations to be more engaged in their classrooms, we need to do it through the use of mobile devices and other technology in the classroom. Most of these technologies can also be efficiently used at home for homework, home tuition or homeschooling.
Studies also reveal that when teachers use technology in the classroom, it’s quite beneficial. Using classroom technology offers students a much more engaging learning experience and keeps them enthusiastic. The teachers can take advantage of classroom technology to be more productive and teach more effectively.
Here are some ways of adopting technology both in the classroom and at home can help students to be more engaged in their learning. Let’s get started:
When it comes to learning, visuals fare much better than words. YouTube is a great tool to help teachers get more attention from their students. Using YouTube, teachers can teach students how nuclear reactors generate electricity better instead of explaining it verbally, for example. With YouTube, students can get more information about a topic than just staring at picture or diagrams or reading from a textbook.
Okay, this may sound controversial. Most parents and educators believe playing video games particularly those gory and violent titles will rot the minds of the students. But, that’s not true. Research shows that gaming can increase students test scores. By gaming, we aren’t referring to GTA 5 or other mainstream gaming titles. Instead we are talking about educational games or ‘edutainment games’ like Sesame Street ABC, Dragon Box, SimCity, Mindblown Life, etc. which students including kids enjoy playing.
Students can also compete with other students and reach different levels. Furthermore, online games make great learning tools. Learning can become tedious and stressful sometimes, so encouraging students to game now and then in the classroom will make learning more fun.
Multimedia Projects and Assignments
Truth be told—nobody likes writing essays, especially long ones. Multimedia presentations are more effective than those dull, old essays. Sure, essays improve students writing skills, which is essential, nonetheless, but it’s not the only approach to demonstrate what they’ve learned. Various visual media like podcasts, presentations, short films, can also be used to let students show what they’ve learned.
Students, on the other hand, will also enjoy doing and presenting their assignments or class projects. It will also showcase their creativity and skills, and even better they can share their work with their fellow students as multimedia assignments are ideal for sharing.
Quizzes, Polls, and Comments
Teachers can create a website for their classes and post online questions, polls, quizzes, or comments and ask students to give their feedback on it of what they’ve learned in the classroom. This allows the students to let their voice heard and explains what and how much they learned and retained throughout the lesson. In addition, using the same platform, students can also post questions during and after the classes for the teachers to address. Also, teachers and students can post their homework, lesson updates, assignments etc. and collaborate with other students even when they aren’t in class.
These are some effective classroom technology teachers can use in the classroom to engage their students and enhance their learning experience for the better.
Author’s Bio :
Katrina D. Keller is a well-known blogger who has a wide variety of interests. She is a Writer, Editor & Blogger. She is currently a blogger for https://smiletutor.sg/blog in a genuine effort to provide the best quality content to her readers. She loves reading books. When she is not working, you can find her traveling or hanging out.