Classrooms have always been synonymous with blackboards and chalk. The typical classroom is filled with pencils, papers and erasers. You might even find an old abacus hiding away in the corner. Schools are often the slowest to adapt to technology, yet they are most in need of it.
Once you leave school and enter the workplace, you won’t find blackboards and chalk. At university and in the workplace, everything is done on computers, or online. Teachers ought to prepare for this as early as primary school.
Nowadays, children are savvy enough with technology already. It makes sense to bring this technology into the classroom and teach them how to harness it. Use technology to instil the skills they will need in the future. That means some smart thinking on your behalf and a willingness to embrace technology. Here are some ideas you can start bringing into the classroom.
Many children will be familiar with iPads. Most will only use them for games or surfing the internet at home. However, you can introduce more practical functions in the classroom. Use the class iPad to keep attendance or mark down scores. Praise good students by letting them be in charge of the iPad for a day. You can even download learning apps and games to stimulate the lessons. There are endless creative uses for this in the classroom. Use your imagination.
If your school doesn’t already have a wifi system, pitch the idea. Having internet access across all classrooms opens up all sorts of teaching options. It also helps mimic the environments that children will grow up into. Of course, the access should be limited at your discretion and the use should be academic. Teach them the basics of cloud technology and the benefits of using the internet. IT support for schools is now widely available, you ought to make the most of it.
Spice up homework activities by setting your students online tasks. It’s reasonable to assume that all children now have access to the internet, so take advantage. Help them learn the basics of websites by getting them to write a blog as homework. It will sharpen their writing skills. Yet, at the same time, it will begin their understanding of web code and formatting. This is a vital skill that will be commonplace in the future.
Create a class website
Web coding and website building is already one of the biggest industries in the world. That has all happened within the last 10-15 years. Imagine how this will grow and develop. Use the classroom to prepare your children for this future. Teach them groundwork and the basics by building a class website together. This can be a shared project that will inspire results. It will lead them through the basics of starting a website. It will help them understand how to update it, design it and add images and multimedia.
There are countless ways to bring technology into the classroom. The children will love the change and be desperate to learn more. It will also set them up for the future by giving them a stronger foundation in technology.