What technology can teachers use to get kids off their own devices and get them involved in the lesson?
In today’s classrooms, most students have their own school-issued devices and a personal device or maybe two. This distracts students and frustrates teachers every day. Technology should enhance student learning and support instruction, while not detracting or interrupting the room.
Can new technology geared towards classrooms actually get students to participate? It’s worth a shot with three of the most popular lesson boosters!
With the help of Virtual Reality, students are transported to Tokyo, New York, a safari in Africa or outer space. An entire classroom can either get involved in the lesson or one student can display their journey on an interactive panel. Either way – students work as a team to explore different lands that they wouldn’t necessarily get on a traditional field trip!
Augmented reality allows students to use their individual devices to create an amplified experience right in their classrooms. This application allows students to see the inside of a cell, or the body’s organs from their own desks. Teachers can also use it to create a scavenger hunt, triggered by different items scanned throughout the classroom. Ultimately, this tool gets students out of their seats and engaged in the lesson.
Interactive panels are the most popular and effective way to facilitate group learning. By using interactive whiteboard features, students can practice spelling, understand vocabulary words, and practice for an upcoming math test.
Teachers can use the panel to mix up how they call on students with a spinner on the panel that acts like a classroom roster. To calm student anxiety, teachers can post a class timer on the board so students know how long they have to finish an assignment or how long is left in the class period. And large graphing sheets create activities on the panel that engages an entire group
There is so much technology that distracts our students. And in order to guide them in the right direction, we must catch their attention while in the classroom. The right technology can inspire our children to be learned adults who will develop new technology in their futures!
If you’re interested in learning more about upgrading your school technology, we’d be happy to help guide you in the right direction. Our Information Technology Services Consultants are education and technology experts that have spent years inside the classroom.