Top 10 Tips for Integrating Tech into the Classroom
Posted 2 years ago
Today’s pupils are immersed in a world of technology. They have never experienced a time before the internet, emails and mobile devices, so ensuring pupils grow into smart digital citizens is a necessity.
Taking tech tools and integrating them into the classroom environment is a great way to boost engagement, improve your pedagogical approach and ensure kids know how to stay safe online.
But where to start? Figuring out how to introduce more tech into your classroom can be tricky. Our top 10 ways to add more tech to your lessons is a great place to start. Now your lessons can be modern, interactive and learning can remain at the forefront.
1: Create a Class Website
Having one central online place for your class is a great way to start integrating technology into your lessons. A class website can become your go to for showcasing your pupils best work, organising group projects and getting pupils to actively improve their digital skills by updating the site. Use colours and images specific to your class to make their website a fun community where they can connect in class or at home. To help you out, we even have a case study showing how a digital leaders scheme can build pupils’ confidence and digital citizenship here.
2: Utilise Email
Set up a modern day pen pal initiative using peer-to-peer email. Teach your class communication tools, practise writing and allow them to connect with other pupils around the world! The skill of crafting a great email is one that will undoubtedly be useful in their future, which is why it is even a part of the computing curriculum, so why not establish it early on and make it fun in the process!
3: Online Presentations
Bring a subject alive by using media in presentations to introduce a new topic. There’s no need to settle for boring old clipart, now you can grab your pupils attention with videos, music, gifs and photos. Let your class know they can present their ideas through modern technology by getting them to make their own presentations, encouraging them to present their ideas their way.
4: Supplement your Lessons
If you have been using the same lesson plans for a few years now it’s a good idea to supplement the core ideas with some new tools! Using programmes like Google Earth can modernise a History class; show them where events took place, how they look now then and ask what they think it might have looked like during the time.
5: Create a Podcast
A podcast is a fantastic approach on finding out about the latest in education - we love The Education Podcast by TES and The Edtech Podcast. So why not use the technique for your class? Pose as famous historical figures and have your pupils conduct interviews with you, ask pupils to present reviews of projects they are working on or provide advice on cyber bullying.
6: Make a Meme
Memes are everywhere, and are pretty hilarious at times. Creating a fun meme is a great technique to do something modern and enjoyable for the whole class. Give a subject to each pupils and help them pick an image, get them to write some text then hang them up or add them to the webpage you have created. You can learn more about connecting your class through the power of memes here.
Flipped learning has huge potential to change and improve your approach to teaching, with one study showing that 71% of teachers indicated that grades of their students have improved since implementing a flipped classroom strategy. Use the flipped learning model to create fun videos on subjects that students find difficult, get pupils to watch them at home and discuss the topics in class. You can even find videos online if you are a bit camera shy, and don’t forget you can also get them to make their own!
8: Use Online Resources
Save time by using online resources and learning games, and make use of the ideas sparked by other educators to deliver more creative lessons. With the addition of scaffolding learning, online learning resources are interactive and can be self marking, giving you more time to engage with your pupils.
9: Trouble Shooting
Debugging is a central aspect of the computing curriculum, but it doesn’t have to stop with identifying and removing errors in computer programs. You can teach pupils to ‘debug’ common IT problems like headphones that aren’t producing sound, a monitor not working or a printer out of paper. This will encourage pupils to take an active approach to problem solving.
10: Social Media
Despite the age limits in place, three quarters of children have a social media account by the age of 12. Instead of retreating from the social tools that kids love, guide them through how to use social media safely and effectively. Utilise the collaborative aspects of social media platforms to encourage discussion on a range of key topics. If delving straight into twitter or Facebook is too daunting then you can use an online service as a dedicated hub for online sharing and communication.
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