Using Classroom Technology the Right Way For the 21st Century Learner
Cool technologies have come a long way from old shale and inkwells. In addition to learning modern technologies, teachers need to start thinking about new ways to “go to school.” Alabama teacher Suzanne Freeman is at the forefront of some of the concepts she described in a 2007 interview with Time magazine.
This concept is also called “School 2.0.” If you don’t have help, it’s time to refresh your technical knowledge in the classroom, as it’s a reference to ‘Web 2.0’, a new way to use the Internet – using the Internet as a place to go. Sharing information and writing, not just a place to find information created by experts and professionals.
One of the main ideas of the “School 2.0” concept is the idea of the correct integration of cool technologies and the reasons why it should be done.
- Classroom technology fascinates students. Most students like to use and interact with technology, and this is true for everything from video to using the Internet for research. Let’s face it: do you prefer to present your project as a poster with multiple photocopied images glued together with glue and accompanied by scrawled text, or do you prefer to make a PowerPoint presentation where you can add sounds, animation? And texts that change color? Do you prefer to study the tables when you leave them, or playing a game in which you need to kill monsters marked “4 x 6,” for example by drawing them the answer “24”?
- Computers are part of everyday life. It’s not the 1980s, when computers are fed up with black-and-white screens and matrix printers. And computers are no longer new. Now your students are part of a generation in which computers are part of everyday life. Your students are used to playing PlayStation (and so on) and see that computer technology is used in everything from parking meters to displaying songs and sermons in church.
- Classroom technology can be used to bridge the gap between school and home. Emails sent to parents as backups of paper notes are an obvious form of communication. But it can go further. If a student has visited a website at the school, he can view it at home and show it to their parents to discuss issues and topics with them. And projects and presentations can be published among other family members – the student can send a link to the class site with stunning photos from the school sports day to working Uncle George in Hong Kong (and as an added bonus Uncle George can publish photos and descriptions of life in Hong Kong that can be used for research in Hong Kong).
Many teachers and parents are a little afraid of the Internet. If you’re not familiar with unique terminology and ever-changing non-intuitive interfaces like me, it’s hard for you to gain practical knowledge and ways to use them properly. It is important for teachers to visit educational sites for information and links, as well as to explore career development or computer training in your school district. Many companies that sell networking equipment and technology to our school districts want you to use them and offer customer training and support.
Online research requires more time to study and educate your students. And the Internet is a great way to learn! Finding teacher forums and blogs about your problems can help you quickly find answers to your questions. Educational and educational websites also have a lot of free information about the use and search of content. There are also many other articles and discussions on cutting-edge new technologies on the Internet that are worth reading to take a fresh look at the many and rapid changes that educators need to make.
Teachers! You don’t have enough time a day to learn everything you need, so use the tools you have to make your lessons more effective.
Each! You don’t have enough time in the day to learn everything you need, so use the tools you have to make your lessons more effective.
Watch this free video of “7 Of the Biggest Mistakes Teachers Make when using video in class” and download expert guidance on valuable learning methods using video and multimedia resources in the classroom.
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Teachers of the 21st century will be the best educators if they understand how to use multimedia in their teaching, if they understand the processes that studies have shown are most effective for improving student performance, and if they know how to find quality video resources that will improve their teaching.