Education technology provides a host of brilliant resources, but it’s at its most effective when it is fully integrated into the classroom as part of the syllabus, not just used as a supplement every now and again. Here are some top tips for integrating education technology smoothly into the classroom.
Integrate EdTech into the Classroom
1. Run a Class Blog
Keeping a regularly updated class blog is a great way to integrate edtech, as students can use it to post news and information on the topics they’re working on in class, or even use it as part of their classwork to produce news and informative articles. Try a simple, easy-to-use blogging platform like WordPress, or one specially designed with classrooms in mind, like Class Blogmeister, to get students going quickly and easily!
2. Create Collaborative Notes
Using education technology to create digital notes for the topics you’re covering in class is a great way to infuse edtech into the daily fabric of your classroom! Google Docs is a great place to start – create documents and share them with your class who can add to them and edit them in real time.
3. Use a Digital Whiteboard
Take the classroom mobile with a digital whiteboard that allows your students to drop in and learn from anywhere. A free online platform like Scriblink is a great way to get started!
4. Take Assessments Online
5. Use an Online Curriculum
The fantastic, simple-to-use tool Engrade lets teachers create an entire curriculum online, as well as offering a useful online grade book for busy teachers who want to keep all their marks in one place. Not only can students log in and check the curriculum but they can also have a profile set up to track their progress and results online too!
6. Tell a Digital Story
Instead of having to be always written down and consist only of words, stories can take on a life of their own in the digital classroom. Encourage students to flex their creative muscles and find new ways to tell their stories, using fantastic tools like Biteslide or Animoto that are quick, fun and easy to use.
7. Take Lessons Online
Take advantage of the host of fantastic online education platforms to learn some lessons online, using resources like Khan Academy. Or put an edtech twist on a traditional classroom activity like writing to pen pals, by communicating with them online instead using a global platform like EPals
What ideas, websites and tools are you using to integrate edtech in the classroom? And what are some of the challenges you face in adopting them within your school?
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