10 Easy Ways to Incorporate Tech in the Classroom

In honor of back to school season, we took the time to find 10 easy ways that you can incorporate technology into your classroom with little or no cost. Recent studies have shown that students retain more information when it is presented in an engaging way. Technology can assist in engaging students, as well as presenting material in ways that cater to multiple learning styles. Help your students understand more and incorporate tech into your classroom this year.

 

  1. Use a Powerpoint presentation. Powerpoint presentations allow teachers to present information visually as well as verbally which helps increase information retention. There are also websites like people.uncw.edu/ertzbergerj/ppt_games.html that create review games like jeopardy for students to use to review.
  2. Use multimedia presentations and encourage your students to do so as well. Multimedia presentations help students visualize information and
  3. Take virtual fieldtrips. Using google maps streetview or other free sources online, teachers can take students across the world without having to leave the classroom. This helps students connect to geography as well as cultural reference points.
  4. Control classroom noise with an onscreen noise meter. Using an onscreen meter like “Too Noisy” that monitors the noise level of the class and displays when it is getting too loud.
  5. Use an online grading system like mygradebook.com. Students and parents will be able to track grades at home and you will be able to log grades from any computer, no more hassle with that pesky grade book.
  6. Increase student familiarity with online research by creating a “webquest” for students to find particular information. Send students on an information hunt to look for current and reliable sources for research. This helps students become familiar with qualifying information and sources.
  7. Have students create a blog instead of a journal. Using a website like wordpress or another easy blogging website, have students create online journals instead of paper. This helps students practice typing, as well as creates an online portfolio they can use in the future.
  8. Incorporate an email exchange instead of pen-pals. This helps students practice typing as well as collaborating with other students, websites like www.epals.com to connect students to peers across the state, nation, or world.
  9. Listen to books using Audible. Listening to books as well as following along in the hard copy helps students retain the passages. This also allows teachers to better monitor the class, as they do not have to focus on reading out loud.
  10. Test pre and post knowledge using sites like PollEv to track class knowledge. PollEv allows teachers to create polls to understand how much information students are retaining through anonymous polls that students can use a computer, tablet, or phone that has internet or texting to join in on. This helps teachers understand which material students are understanding and which subjects need more coverage. It also displays the results in graphs so students gain more familiarity with visually displayed data rather than just in math class.

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