With the annual EduTech Congress and Expo just around the corner, and our Online Classroom: Australian History e‐learning resource just launched, we decided to take a look at quick and easy ways to practically integrate technology into the modern classroom.
Teachers can make great use of free tools like Googlemaps and Google Earth. Googlemaps can be used to teach: scale, location, town planning, direction, time differences and more. Google Earth is an awesome Google tool to generate 3D views of the globe.
Teach persuasive writing by asking your students to write and publish their own blogs. Encourage critical thinking and analysis by setting up peer comments on students’ blog posts.
3. Media Arts
Video and photo websites such as Youtube and Instagram are not just for watching videos and looking at pictures. Suggest students create their own videos (perhaps even run a competition) and publish their photos on these websites. Their videos and photos could be turned into galleries and mini-portfolios – great for showing off talent at parents’ evenings!
During science experiments, ask the students to photograph or video in time-lapse mode. By creating time-lapse videos, students are involved and committed right through the process from start to end. Videos can help with the monitoring and measurement of experiments.
Students can develop fine motor skills using drawing programs and apps such as Paint, Gimp and DrawingPad.
Ecommerce (shopping) websites are not purely for indulging in a bit of retail therapy (although I do really get a kick out of that part too), they can teach a great deal about maths and finance. Students can use different ecommerce websites to compare products’ prices, discounts and learn the value of money and how far it goes. Commbank has a School Banking Program which is a good way to give kids a head start in learning saving habits.
7. PhysEd and Health
Stopwatches and timers on tablets are a great way to time body functions, such as heart rates, blood pressure, etc. Step counters are another good way to see how much excercise to do in a day to keep a healthy BMI. Recipe websites such as Taste, and Australian Healthy Food Guide can teach healthy eating, and calorie counting apps can help maintain a healthy weight. Websites such as How the Body Works explore nutrition and body parts.
Aside from using Google to do research, this popular search engine also provides tools such as Google Alerts, which can notify students about when and where their research topic appears in the news. This is a free way to get daily insights sent to you to help with a topic that you might be exploring.
9. Collaboration and Productivity
Google Apps for Education is a free suite of tools for your classroom. It allows you to to store, collaborate, share and edit documents. Your resources are available 24/7 and accessible on all devices.
Students can be interactively engaged with purpose-built e-learning tools such as Online Classroom: History Series from Ready-Ed Publications. These interactive tools can really bring a learning area like history to life with visually stimulating graphics, videos and more; all created to spark discussion, insight and analysis. Meograph is another useful timeline tool, which is free and easy to map out multimedia stories.
Our CEO at Ready-Ed Publications, Tim Lowson, believes that “technology is a necessary step forward if teaching is to keep up with the changing times. Successful integration can lead to students better engaging with and processing information “. He said “Of course, I believe technology should nor replace traditional book learning, but rather work alongside technology to create a fine balance, enhancing learning and visualisation. How a student learns, is not for us to define. Give them the tools and let them be inspired.”
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