There is no question that technology is changing the way we do things, and it’s never too early to take advantage of what technology has to offer. Even young children can benefit from the latest tech gadgets, especially in the classroom. Here are five tools you should be using with your students this fall:
These are remote controls that students can use to anonymously answer, or “click in,” on questions that
you pose at the front of the classroom. Answers are then logged by a computerized system, enabling you to assess what your students know and what they need work on. Children these days are accustomed to using remote controls, so these nifty devices are a great way to encourage student participation and make learning fun and easy.
Remote Access Software.
If you’re lucky enough to be able to teach in a classroom that provides a personal computer for each student (a computer lab, for example), then you are probably well aware of the fact that it can be difficult to fully prevent students from drifting off (and into web exploration) if you can’t control what they’re seeing on their computer screens. Remote access software enables you to control their viewing experience, and even guide them through lessons on their computers. Some such software specialized for teaching even offers a virtual hand raising feature, which can dramatically cut back on distraction in the classroom.
A growing number of schools are welcoming these multifunctional tablets into the classroom, and there are many ways in which elementary schoolers can use them to learn, organize their assignments, and communicate with the teacher, fellow classmates, and even children across the globe. From iTunes educational apps through textbook ereaders, the iPad offers a wide range of tools that can aid the learning process, and all within a small and portable framework.
While this may look like a more traditional dry erase board, it is far from it. Smartboards are connected to a computer, so that you can “write” on the board with a special, computerized “marker,” switch from “page” to “page” without any erasing, and even save what you’ve written on the board and distribute a digital copy of it to your students and their parents via email!
Computer Remote Controls.
It’s likely that you will use a computer for a portion of your classroom instruction time. However, that doesn’t mean you will want to be stuck by the computer the entire time. A computer remote control allows you to walk around your classroom while you are giving instruction, all the while controlling what you’re doing on the computer remotely.
There is no shortage of great technology that can help you provide high quality instruction to your elementary students. Integrate these tools into your classroom to take the learning up a notch.
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