Technology in the classroom
Integrating technology in the curriculum for most of the schools today is a priority. The greatest challenge is, is technology a tool that is used to facilitate learning in these schools or just another subject, which is learned separately? Ideally, this should be a tool that is used to promote students learning on a daily basis. Many schools find it so difficult to use technology and help students use it as part of their core subjects and not a separate subject. Lack of experience for most classroom teachers on the use of technology is a big challenge in trying to realize such objectives. Therefore, these teachers must take time, learn how to incorporate technology-based activities into their curriculum, and understand the terminology thereof, which is necessary for students’ participation.
When utilized properly, technology is a tool that will help teachers, who are new to it learn and interact with it and incorporate in their daily classroom routine. Then what are the ways that the education world offers to integrate technology into daily and weekly routines?
Accessing an online weather forecast
Most of the elementary school teachers would begin their day with a discussion of the local weather conditions. A teacher, in this case, can take extra time and visit weather forecast sites to find out how the weather for the rest of the day will be. The teacher can as well discuss weather patterns and conditions of other parts of the country. This is an interesting way of beginning your lesson, where the students are faced with more reality than theory. This makes learning interesting and they begin to appreciate technology.
Include URLs in your monthly Education calendar
The education world provides calendars that are editable and printable for classroom use on a monthly basis. As a teacher, before giving out these calendars, you could try adding some URLs of sites that make available calendars that are more detailed. The children would find them interesting and more relevant to their day-to-day learning activities. On these online calendars, they will find details like national holidays, specific names holidays like Hispanic heritage month and such. Thus, the calendar alone will present limitless opportunities for the child to get more experience and embrace technology.
Use online weather forecasts to introduce foreign languages
There are weather channels, which give forecasts in other languages like Spanish, French, and all other international and local languages. Get to explore some of these languages through the explained weather patterns and conditions. This allows the students to interact with the language in a relaxed environment and therefore it would be easy for them to appreciate learning.
Get online mathematics problems and challenge the students
In addition to the daily and weekly seatwork assignments, like the math lesson and other extra credit activities, add some extra math challenges and show the learners how to get them solved through some online sites. For example, there are math programs that aid in solving problems in Algebra, Geometry and such. Some of these are; Math problem of the week, the Puzzle corner and many more. These provide the students with a multifaceted approach to problem-solving in Math, which broadens their understanding and makes it interesting for them to learn. With these interactions, Math is no longer that boring subject but an interesting and interactive activity. The students are exposed to the rest of the world and this broadens their thinking and makes their online interactions constructive.
Providing URLs in place of a quote
During the learning process, there are sometimes when the teacher would like to quote from some previous works. Instead of quoting the exact words, the teacher should present the URLs backlink so that the learners can get the quote from the source. This makes them appreciate the fact that technology is the solution to any challenge. Through this, they will also be in a position to locate some funny, inspirational and educative quotes.
Are you a teacher of Language? Introduce a ‘word for the day’
Introducing a word for the day extends the students’ vocabulary; include this in opening activities, seatwork assignments and language arts lessons. For example, upper elementary class students will find Word central Daily Buzzword very helpful in building their vocabulary; Grade 4 to 9 will find Vocabulary builder handy in enriching their vocabulary with new words that are explicitly explained.
Keep the learners spelling
Language arts lessons can be enriched by introducing spelling challenges each day. Prove to the students, whether in Elementary, middle or high school that the world of language is such an expansive one. You can get spellings lists from some reliable online links like Spellingcity.com.
Make the History lesson real
For many children, History is such a boring subject, which is about some historical events or people who are long gone and only read for information. Make it more interesting by personalizing the lessons; for instance, you can begin the lesson by Today in history. This will make it more lively, interesting, and easy to associate with the content.
When the integration of technology in the classroom becomes seamless and thoughtful, Students can now take control of the learning process; the classroom dynamics change and the learning becomes student-centred. Thus, learning, which is the ultimate goal of any education system, is achieved.