Technology in the classroom is the best learning tool. With classroom technology educators can get more students engaged, improve collaboration, and most importantly make learning fun! School wireless networks everywhere are implementing BYOD and 1:1 initiatives and are taking advantage of the many benefits technology in the classroom has to offer.
Today I would like to highlight some great ways to best utilize technology in the classroom to enrich learning.
1) Video Streaming
If a picture says a thousand words, imagine how many words a video says. Video in the classroom can really help create a clearer and more complete picture for students. YouTube is a great tool for this; chances are you can find a video clip to compliment any lesson there.
2) Play Games
What kid doesn’t love playing games? Using mobile devices like iPads and tablets you can keep students involved with all sorts of educational games for just about any subject. Students can keep track of their progress and work to compete with other students to advance to the next level.
Don’t ban social media, embrace it. Students are already engrossed with social media outside of class, so bringing it into the classroom is sure to instantly grab their attention. You can use Facebook or Twitter to post a topic for discussion and get all students involved and interacting with one another.It's an easy way for them to share resources and help each other out.
Having students post their work in blogs is a great way to allow student to showcase all their hard work or works-in-progress. Students can help each other out by posting comments and suggestions for each other. Because students work will be publically posted you are likely to get higher quality work from them too.
Podcasts make great learning tools for students especially when it comes time for studying. You can easily create and post podcasts for students who want to review or were absent so every student has the opportunity to soak it all in.
6) Video Conferencing
Using video conferencing technology can allow students to travel the world from their classroom, speak with virtual guest lecturers, and make friends and interact with others in different countries.
7) Collaborative exercises
A great way to optimize collaboration is to use mobile devices in the classroom by letting students use them in group work. Students can get together in groups with their tablet and the teacher can select which ones she wants to show on the screen. This a great option for classes with only a selct number of mobile devices for student use.
Utilizing technology in the classroom is a great way to bring your class to life. If you’re ready to improve student engagement and enrich education by utilizing classroom technology, the first step is setting up a secure wireless network to support these devices. Whether you’re considering implementing a 1:1 initiative or a BYOD (bring your own device) program we can help you plan, design, and deploy the best and most secure solution for your school wireless network. If you have any questions or would like to request a free consultation, contact us here. We are always more than happy to help. You can also download one of our free guides for more great information. Good luck!