Technology in the classroom is becoming more and more predominant especially now that we are in the 21st century. Tablets are replacing our textbooks, and we can research just about anything that we want to on our smartphones. Social media has become commonplace, and the way we use technology has completely transformed the way we live or lives.
According to a report, penetration of cell phones in Nigeria is 68% and around a quarter of Nigerians have a smartphone. There are nearly 130 million active mobile connections in the country, up from less than 90 million in 2010 and only a handful at the start of the millennium. Technology has made its entry into the classroom.
Many schools are now taking advantage of the many benefits technology in the classroom has to offer. Teachers are learning how to teach with emerging technologies (tablets, iPads, Smart Boards, digital cameras, computers), while students are using advanced technology to shape how they learn. By embracing and integrating technology in the classroom, we are setting our students up for a successful life outside of school.
This widespread adoption of technology has completely changed how teachers teach and students learn. It has significantly improved students’ engagements, collaboration as well as making learning more fun. In addition, tech-savvy teachers are happy to welcome technology because it is helping them to ease the mode of impacting knowledge.
Ways to Use Technology in the Classroom.
We share 5 creative ways to use technology in the classroom.
Create a class website
A class web page could be a simple website where you post the latest information, assignments, and other material students can download. For example, if a class or exam is postponed, the information can simply be posted on the website. Students can easily access this information wherever they are. Such platforms include Blackboard.
Use an online grading system
Technology has largely changed the way students are graded. You can now use online grade books to score your students rather than doing it manually. This will save time and both teachers and students can track their grades. There will be no need to physically take a report card home to your parents.
Give multimedia presentations
The traditional way of lecturing which involves chalk/blackboard or marker/white board is now outdated. The practice today is using power point. The powerpoint presentation features diagrams, images, videos and audio clips. These presentations can even be sent to the students.
There are schools that have digitized. So, students have access to their own Personal Computer (PC) with internet access. They can do research and emails can be exchanged among students. Additionally, if students don’t have a PC, they can use their mobile phones. Many students especially in secondary school, now own smartphones. These smartphones can be used for this purpose.
Create a Podcast
There are countless numbers of podcasts for different courses. Teachers can aggregate these podcasts and share with students. Or better still, you can create weekly podcasts of lessons and other classroom activities.
Technology changes every day, and it’s the responsibility of educators to keep up with the times in order to best prepare the students for this ever-changing world that we live in. While we just saw how integrating technology into the classroom has its benefits, it’s important to note that traditional learning processes are just as essential. Take time to learn about each element of ed-tech that you will incorporate into your classroom. When you do, you will find that technology can have a profound impact on your students learning.
Do you embrace technology in your classroom? What benefits do you think technology has for your classroom? Feel free to share with us in the comment section below. We would love to hear your thoughts.
This article was contributed by Adeniyi OGUNFOWOKE, PR Associate @ Jumia Travel and edited by Rubiztech.