Technology to Help Students:
Technology develop quickly, affecting every sphere of our lives including education. One can oppose these technologies or embrace them and try to implement them into the whole educational process.
We encourage you to do the second. While modern technologies might seem too strange and so hostile, they can actually simplify your life greatly. Moreover, adding them to the educational process will encourage and motivate students too. They will be thrilled to realize that you are a progressive teacher, willing to add something new and interesting to traditional education. This will help them a lot too: these days students are taught geography, biology, math, and so on, but are rarely taught how to present their thoughts in the best way and how to create proper presentations, for example.
So if you decide you want to use technology after all, here’s what you can use.
- Social media.
Yes, it can be tiring to see that students check their Facebook instead of listening to a lecture. However, social media can be not only a source of distraction, but also a way to communicate with students. You can create a group on Facebook and encourage students to share interesting information concerning your subject there. You can make an assignment: for example, tell them to find an interesting website or an article every day and reward those students who’ll do so with bonus points, be it pluses or stars, etc. A student, who’ll collect the most bonus points by the end of a semester, will be rewarded with a certain prize, for example.
There are so many useful podcasts today, allowing to help students to learn more about a certain subject. They are usually very informative and interesting to listen, so you might consider adding them to the study process as a part of a home assignment.
- Videos and GIFs.
When you make a certain presentation that will be demonstrated on a smart board, for example, choose some popular GIFs and images with memes to make it more interesting. This way your presentation will be not only funny but also easier to remember, as students will recognize these GIFs and pay more attention to the presentation.
It is also good to use various videos, both funny and useful, to make lectures more diverse and fun. Of course, not every subject allows doing so (it can be hard to find an interesting math video, for example), but it is still worth trying.
- PowerPoint presentations.
As mentioned above, students need to know how to present their work well. You can use PowerPoint presentations to teach them how to do so: for example, give them some tips on working with PowerPoint and then give them a home assignment that includes creating a presentation on a certain topic. This will allow them to demonstrate their creativity and to learn how to present information in the best way.
Blogging is another way to present students’ works. However, it differs from the presentations: while they are more about visual images, blogging is more about formulating your thoughts on a paper. If you are a literature teacher or teach something that requires students voicing and defending their opinion, encourage them to start blogs and make blog posts part of their home assignments. This will teach them how to write better, how to present their thoughts and how to deliver them to public in the best way. Moreover, this would be more interesting than writing an ordinary essay.
As you see, there are many ways to diversify a traditional education process with the help of modern technologies. You can use our tips or try to invent your own interesting ways. Either way, we wish you good luck!
Sophia Clark is a creative writer from New York who loves to share her thoughts with readers. In my free time, she enjoys writing fiction as well as reading it. Her big dream is to publish a novel one day. Connect with her on Twitter and Google +.