1. Learning through gamification
To this day, I attribute my ability to type to the typing games I played in my elementary school’s computer lab. In addition to the amazing games and engaging programs for teaching typing skills, they made using a computer fun and exciting for me and set the foundation for all of my subsequent computer knowledge. Gamified learning in the classroom can help you achieve this goal because learning can and should be fun. Adding students to pairs or groups to encourage collaboration and teamwork can also be a great way to gamify learning, but it is also as simple as creating a virtual scavenger hunt by creating a list of questions for them to search for the correct answers to and adding them to scavenger hunts.
2. Field trips in the digital age
Digital field trips are becoming increasingly popular, useful, and cost-effective tools for teachers searching for new ways to incorporate technology in the classroom. From your classroom, you can virtually explore parks, forests, national and international landmarks with Google Street View and similar apps. Take your students on a virtual tour of the Statue of Liberty or hike through the Grand Canyon to inspire them to learn more about a location or subject!
3. Social media integration
Social media is increasingly being used in the classroom by students, so providing them with access to curriculum, classroom resources, and each other is an innovative way to use technology in the classroom. Use Facebook groups to post discussion topics for your class or Twitter hashtags to ask students questions about lessons!
4. Feedback from students
In order to assess classroom structures and/or curricula, it is essential to get feedback from students. This allows us to determine what is working and what isn’t, as well as address any problems and confusion that arise.Check in with students daily or weekly using online surveys or polls to get their feedback on the lessons and address any lingering questions.
Encourage students to use classroom hashtags to tweet feedback and questions.
5. The creation of digital content
Students can showcase their creative talents and showcase their learning through the creation of digital content related to what they are learning. The process of creating content is most effective when students can express themselves in ways that highlight their strengths and accommodate their learning and communication styles. Students can use blogs, videos, podcasts, eBooks, flyers, and other digital art to express themselves. Students flourish when their individuality and need for creative expression are respected.
6. Calendars in the classroom
Using Google Calendar or another similar program, create a shared online calendar for your classroom. Both teachers and students can easily access assignment due dates and classroom events (such as field trips and guest speakers). Keeping parents connected and engaged with their child’s learning is made easier by sharing the calendar with them.
7. Critique and review websites
There are a lot of things you can find on the internet, but much of it doesn’t come from reliable sources. Teachers and professors have told me often that Wikipedia is not a reliable source when doing research papers, but I can’t recall any of them explaining why. By reviewing web pages together, developing and communicating standards for what makes a good source, empower your students with the digital literacy to analyse and discern reliable web pages and sources from unreliable ones.
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