In this technically advanced world, you can see everyone around you using various electronic devices to stay connected. These are commonly used in the forms of computers, tablets, and smartphones. What are people doing? Chances are they are going through their emails, sending or reading text messages, or checking up on social media. There are, however, many other uses for these illuminated machines that are commonly seen in the hands of people of all ages.
If you know children, you know how interested they are in running technological devices. Not only do they enjoy it, they are good at it. Kids of the new millennium have grown up surrounded by complex machines that were not as accessible 10 or 20 years ago. Your students can pick up a cell phone and search the web for their favorite game without ever asking for help. How can you turn this into a teaching experience? Bring technology into the classroom.
Many schools have the fortune of having some of the latest technology. But those that don't will likely see more of it in the near future. The first thing you need to do is learn how to operate these devices in the event that you do not already know the basics. Next, you begin to search around for different learning ideas. Many of the iPads and tablets that are being introduced into schools have the capability of downloading hundreds of thousands of different applications. The applications you see your kids using, or maybe the ones you use yourself are probably not very educational. There are a lot of games and other downloads that are not made for learning. However, the beneficial ones are just as easy to find.
If you have kids that are struggling in certain areas, you can check out some of the latest apps as one way to work towards improvement. More often than not, kids are not learning because they aren’t engaged with what is going on. If they are tired of the same teaching style for everything they do eight hours a day, switch it up with something different. There are programs for every subject that is taught in the classroom. Math, science, reading, spelling, history, and more can be found at a low cost and in some instances even free.
When your students are not progressing the way you want them to, it is time to switch things up. Make it fun for them. When they are having fun, they are going to pay attention and be excited about what you are teaching them. That is what being a teacher all is about. For those wonderful teachers working in districts with small budgets, there are great platforms like www.DonorsChoose.org that help teachers fund the ability to bring in new technology & resources needed to help students succeed.
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