Recently, many new technologies have been introduced into classrooms recently, these technologies have the potential to vastly improve learning by making it both exciting and engaging for the students. Some of these technologies are already bringing great new ways to interact and learn in the classroom. These technologies are:
Clickers are great for doing quick polls or quizzes. They can be used by teachers to gather the opinion of the class or to quiz the class. They can be used to quickly and effectively gauge the skill level of the class by quizzing them. Clickers can be used in a variety of subjects. I have personally used clickers in math, science and IDC and they definitely enhance the learning experience. The great thing about clickers is that they provide the teacher with instant feedback so they can adapt their lessons to how the students are learning. Clickers can be used instead of pencils and paper for multiple choice tests. Clickers are a great tool to get classes away from pencil and paper and into the digital age.
Perhaps the most versatile tool to be introduced to classrooms in recent years, the Smartboard introduces a new way to teach and learn. The Smartboard has many different uses in the classroom, it can be used like a chalkboard, it can be used to show videos, to make presentations and it can be used like a computer to show websites to an entire class. Like clickers, Smartboards can be used in almost any class. Since the Smartboard can access the internet, it offers a lot of opputunity for distractions, luckily, the Smartboard is almost exclusively for the use of the teacher who can be trusted to use it for only the purpose of education. In capable hands, the Smartboard can be used to usher in a new era of teaching in which all lessons are digital.
3. Cell Phones
It seems all teenagers in today’s day and age have cell phones, so why not use them to further their education? Cell phones can be used in the classroom as a polling device. What separates cell phones from clickers is the fact that cell phones can be used to send in text replies to an asked question, similar to student going up to the front of the class and writing on the board. This introduces an unprecedented level of participation from students in the classroom where everyone can give their opinions without being restricted to multiple choice. The only class I’ve seen this use of cell phones is this IDC course. Admittedly, Cell phones offer a lot of opportunities for distraction and it would be hard for a single teacher to control students from misusing the devices in class.