What child would like to sit and stare at a blackboard rather than play a game online or romp outdoors? None.
Children often prefer games to school. This is because games, both indoor and outdoor are interactive and engaging. Children always like to do something while all they do in a classroom is sit and listen.
Listening to long lectures from a teacher is too monotonous and children may get easily distracted. Then how to ensure that children stay attentive in class? How do we make children absorb all the inputs of classroom learning? How to transform classroom teaching to an interactive one? The only answer is technology.
How can classrooms use technology?
Classrooms must use technology in order to grab the attention of the students and make them retain what is taught in class. Technology today is highly interactive through the use of visual and multimedia and makes academics engrossing.
Let us look at some of the options of how classrooms can use technology.
Powerpoint Presentations for Lessons
Certain subjects like history or geography can be fact-oriented and hard to retain. Children find it difficult to remember dates, details of wars and battles, names of geographical locations etc. Similar is the case with Biology too. Learning about the botanical and zoological names of plants and animals, associating them with the right species, remembering their characteristics, understanding human anatomy – a child’s head would definitely spin!
How to make it easier then? A smart teacher can present these lessons as Powerpoint slides. Pictorial descriptions of historical events, geographical locations or biological data are more easily engrained in children’s minds.
Powerpoint presentations are visually communicating and can incorporate pictures, charts and graphs. They can even be copied or transferred as files for students to review and revise later.The teacher can use a projector to zoom it on screen or display on the laptop or iPad itself.
Powerpoint presentations are excellent alternatives to oral lessons.
Allocate Assignments as Tasks Involving Online Research.
Every child has a passion for exploring. Tap this instinct of the child to make him go on an online search or WebQuest.
For instance, if the English lesson is a poem by William Wordsworth, allot an assignment where they have to make a biography of the poet or list his other works. Give them a deadline and ask them to submit it online. Award them marks for originality. Plagiarism can be avoided this way and children will also learn the values of punctuality and authenticity.
Conduct an Online Poll to Develop their Reasoning and Decision-Making Skills
An online poll requires the student to think or dwell on the topic, analyze, reason and decide. This is a good practice in decision making.
Deploy an online poll on a topic in the subject lessons. It could be in English like Should poems rhyme? or in History-“Was India right in agreeing for partition?”. Insist that every student should participate in the poll and support their answer with a valid reason award marks for the most credible logic.
Online polls create a feeling of participation and excite students immensely.
Create an Assignment Activity Involving Blogging
Children have to learn the act of expressing themselves right through digital media. Assign essay work as blogging topics and ask each student to create a blog. Award marks for content, images, creativity and research. Motivate the children by publishing or sharing the article on prominent websites.
Use Multimedia Videos to Explain Concepts
Math and Science are the storms looming over any child’s academic schedule. Children find it hard to understand theorems or geometrical constructions unless they are illustrated stepwise. This is possible only through multimedia animated videos. Imagine watching the construction of a quadrilateral visually. It would definitely get registered better in the child’s mind.
Similar is the case for physical phenomena and chemical experiments. Watching dispersion of light through a prism or a neutralization reaction would definitely make the child recollect it better.
Videos help the child to visually see, understand and remember stepwise the concepts illustrated.
Initiate Online Classroom Sessions
To break the monotony of being confined to a classroom within 4 walls, initiate online classroom sessions.
Having an online classroom session allows students to break free from the classroom mindset. They also learn how to use web tools in joining the discussion forums.
Classroom online helps the student to educate himself in an informal atmosphere which is sometimes conducive to learning.
Offer Recap of Lessons via Podcasts
For students who missed your classes or who wish to have a recap of their lessons, this podcasting feature is particularly useful.
Teachers can create a video of their lessons and upload it as a blog. They can give an individual id and password for students only through which this podcast can be accessed. Students who wish to have a view of the blog must be asked to register online and use the facility on specific days.
blog help the students to supplement their missed portions or have a recap of the attended ones.
Technology is a valuable tool in the hands of the teacher. If used wisely, it can make classroom learning – informative, interesting, interactive and highly resourceful!
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