Contrary to what some people say, technology is an excellent learning tool for anybody. Bringing technology to the classroom is one of the best things a teacher can do to his/her students. With the help of technology, students become more interested in learning, their attention spans improve, and learning becomes easy. Because technology is modern and advanced, children are curious about it. This is why when you use it in the classroom, your students’ level of engagement increases.
But you have to know how to use technology properly in the classroom if you want all these positive results. Here are three of the best ways you can utilize the benefits of technology in the classroom.
1. Electronic Books or eBooks
Back in the 70s and 80s, students were required to read at least one book a week. There were weekly trips to the library to choose the book you would read. Nowadays, reading has somewhat taken a backseat because students would rather play video games or spend hours upon hours on social media. You can help bring back the interest in reading by using electronic books or eBooks in your class. Once a week, you can read a story to your students using your eBook. At the end of the storytelling session, ask for your students’ reactions to the story. And then remind them of the importance of reading and encourage them to try it. Give them a weekly assignment – a book to read – and ask them for an oral report the following week. Not everyone in the class may have an eBook, but you can encourage them to bring one book or story a week. Once the students get used to this, they will learn to love reading.
2. Videos or Video Streaming
You can use videos to explain something to the class. It can be a video you downloaded from a reliable source or one that you made and uploaded on YouTube. You can also stream videos from various educational channels or websites. Or if you are studying current events, simply find a good site that streams news broadcasts. Videos can be used as a complementary tool for a topic or lesson.
Aside from using eBooks to encourage students to read, you can also teach your students to develop an interest in writing. But instead of using the traditional way of teaching creative or composition writing, use blogging to entice your students to try it out. Blogs are like online journals, or at least that’s how they started out. Nowadays, blogs are considered a form of traditional media. There are blogs for leisure, for travel, for technology, and others blog to market or promote products. Since blogs are not formal platforms for writing, your students will have fun sharing their thoughts and experiences.