Traditional classroom education is far gone, but that’s not necessarily bad. The introduction of the internet and a variety of new devices allows teachers to share knowledge more effectively, but it also makes the learning process much more entertaining for students. At the same time, students who use the internet during class can master digital literacy and learn technical skills many employers want to see on a resume.
However, teachers can incorporate technology into the classroom while limiting smartphone and internet use. The best part? It doesn’t require fancy equipment and a decent budget to turn this idea into reality.
Gamified learning makes the traditional learning process a little less dull. As you’ve already noticed, many students struggle to keep up with the course content and pay attention in class. Gamification gives structure to learning, making it visible and more engaging. Not only can it increase the level of engagement in classrooms, but it could also aid in cognitive development and encourage team collaboration.
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Teachers could use learning software to add a little zest to learning. However, that’s not always the most practical solution. Instead, you could create a game, giving students a list of questions to look up online as a part of their homework assignment. The options are endless.
Digital Field Trips
School trips and educational visits to museums or historical sites can make the curriculum more exciting and understandable for students. Still, school trips are not common; at best, they happen a few times a year. We also need to take into account that school trips aren’t always affordable, which leads to exclusion.
Virtual tours, on the other hand, are cost-effective and don’t pose as many risks as standard field trips do. They make learning more accessible and provide a variety of learning experiences.
Digital exploration of the world around us is widely accessible. Your students could explore anything from local parks and museums to archeological sites. They could take a virtual trip to France or Belgium or walk the Great Wall of China, all from the comfort of their classroom.
If you’re looking for a new way of reminding your students about upcoming exams and other responsibilities, a shared online calendar could be an excellent solution for all your important updates. An online calendar could be accessible to teachers, students, and parents, making it a lot easier for parents and caregivers to stay connected and up to date with their children’s learning process.
Some children tend to finish assignments early. An entertainment station would allow them to unwind and learn through videos or games. That way, they wouldn’t be bored or in search of other forms of entertainment.
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As you can see, you don’t have to allow or encourage smartphone use during class to be a more tech-friendly teacher. With minimal effort, you can open doors to a variety of exciting learning experiences and ensure all your students can get in touch with technology in a safe and efficient manner.