USING TECHNOLOGY IN CLASSROOMS
Teaching methods and resources that are technology-based effectively engage students and help build their skills. Many teachers encounter problems when using technology in the classrooms. This has been attributed to the difficulty in introducing a specific platform or the fact that some technologies cannot run in some of the devices used by teachers. Despite these difficulties, using technology in teaching is an interesting way of teaching with the full attention of students.
By the use of the Glogster digital overview tool as in http://www.edu.glogster.com/ , using technology in class can include the use of virtual field trips. The use of Google cardboards is helpful in simulating a virtual trip. This is less costly compared to logistical coats. Another way of using technology in teaching is the virtual previewing of field trips. This is achieved by using Google earth apps to explore locations before the actual trips. The use of videos for mini-lessons is also important in overviewing some topics (Altun, 2014). Teachertube.com is a good example of a pure education site, a version of YouTube. The use of animated videos is likewise vital in impacting children’s development. These videos are readily available on the teachertube.com website. The use of pre-recorded videos is also becoming boring for many students. It is, therefore, recommendable to use live-video streaming using such apps as Skype or Google hangouts to access guest speakers online readily willing to speak to students on their areas of expertise. The use of relevant podcasts is essential in supplementing lessons. Such podcasts include interviews of book authors, lessons about study techniques and strategies, curriculum exploration, and lectures from professors.
It is also a supplementing issue as multimedia elements to presentations such as images, graphs, pictographs, podcast clips, sound effects, and short video lessons. With the use of technology, teachers can prepare these presentations themselves rather than relying on those on the internet that may be irrelevant.
Most students today have smartphones, and teachers can, therefore, use them to send students adaptive content (Altun, 2014). Technology can also be used to share online class calendars and hence keep students informed regarding content.
Altun, M. (2015). The integration of technology into foreign language teaching. International Journal on New Trends in Education and Their Implications, 6(1), 22–27.