If you understand the advantages of technology, it’s time to come up with some ideas you can use with your students. Here are some great examples of ways to use technology in the classroom and how they can be used to promote an engaging learning environment!
1. Gamified Learning
Gamification has been shown to have an impact on a student’s learning and engagement because of how it helps to build a sense of achievement. Many students are motivated to move to the next lesson when they know they can achieve something along the way. Look around and see if there are any gamified learning opportunities for your subject material on the Internet — you’ll be surprised what’s out there!
2. Virtual Field Trips
In theory, field trips and tours are a good time and a great learning experience. Yet, planning them out and executing them can be a different story. Digital options now give students the same benefit of a field trip or tour without any of the hassle!
Better yet, digital field trips allow students to “visit” places that they wouldn’t have been able to before. It’s a great opportunity for them to “travel” globally. It also opens up a wide variety of possibilities for teachers to plan a fun and informative “trip”.
3. Create Student Websites
Not too long ago, having your own website wasn’t possible unless you had experience with coding or knew someone who did. Now, thanks to sites like Squarespace, Wix, and Weebly, it’s easier than ever for someone to create their own website.
Now that technology has improved, you could have your students create their own website for class!
4. Online Discussion
Have you found it challenging to create a collaborative environment for your students? If so, then online discussions may be a great technological solution for you to try. Using a video app like Zoom, you can hold weekly discussion tables or office hours to make face-to-face contact easier.
An online discussion forumgives your students a place to get their questions answered — either from you, the teacher, or from the other students in the classroom.
5. Use Social Media
Social media is already a big part of our lives, so some teachers choose to incorporate it into education! There are many different ways that you can use social media within a course — you could create a Facebook group for your class where students can ask questions, create a Twitter page for the class where you can update them on certain things, or you could even create an Instagram account where you could post video and photo-based lesson plans!