Digital technology is becoming an increasingly important part of our world. Students, in particular, often utilize computers and the internet to supplement at-home learning in addition to engaging in other non-educational uses. Because technology is becoming increasingly ubiquitous in society, the educational system must also continually evolve by incorporating technological components that keep pace.
These constantly evolving technologies, however, present a challenge for educators. Incorporating new technologies and tools into lesson plans often requires that educators and administrators undergo training, lay out a dedicated trial period and troubleshoot the technology until they feel confident enough to use it for everyday lessons. In addition, many teachers remain skeptical of the educational benefits of tools such as high speed internet, due in large part to the shortage of extensive studies exploring their merits.
Although there may always be a technology learning curve for the new devices and systems installed in your classroom, there are ways to incorporate technology into your teaching in small ways over time that will not derail your lesson plans. Below are several suggestions on how to seamlessly add technology to your teaching methods in a way that both you and your students will enjoy.
Incorporate URLs, or web addresses, into your printed materials. Place them at the top of the page so they are easy to find, or incorporate them into the text so that searching for them becomes more of a game. Use worksheets, handouts and other print materials your students will likely keep as opportunities to open gateways to online exploration.
Supplement your students’ in-class work with math challenges found on the internet. The web provides a multitude of supplemental teaching games, tests, activities and problems. Requiring that your students visit a website containing a math-related query or activity by the end of your class period will provide them the freedom they often crave in classroom settings. Such activities will also help to keep your students on track in terms of your learning objectives.
Brief your students daily on breakthroughs in the fields of math, science, engineering and computer programming. It may not seem like a highly technological education tactic, but the more your students understand the fields in which technology is being used to change the world, the more interested they are likely to be in the technology you incorporate into your classroom. Students may even become more interested in pursuing further exploration of these fields in their future studies and throughout their lives.
Finally, its important that you talk to your students about technology. Some children may have exposure to various forms of technology at home while others do not; other children may be too shy to ask questions about the tools you regularly employ in your classroom without being prompted to do so. Providing an open forum for your students to ask questions of each other and of you will make them feel that their curiosity is valued, and may even help them to become more comfortable expressing themselves when they do not understand a concept you teach in class.
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