10 ways to make the most of technology in the classroom

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Ed Tech | Friday, July 28, 2023

10 ways to make the most of technology in the classroom

Interactive technology has become a vital asset in modern classrooms, facilitating active learning, collaboration, and engagement. By leveraging the power of technology in the classroom educators can truly transform the learning experience for their students.

As we look to the future, these tools can be used to enhance education in ways we never dreamed possible. However, we must keep in mind the powerful role that educator voice plays and the imperativeness of providing equal access to technology regardless of socioeconomics.

I recently participated in three roundtable discussions with Dee Lanier, Micah Shippee and Monica Burns at Samsung offices in New Jersey. We discussed tech in the classroom: the current and future state of education,  how the connected classroom enhances the teacher and student experience and the impact of interactive displays in education

The discussions we had were powerful and there we some fantastic takeaways from them.

10 ways to make the most of technology in the classroom

1. Embrace professional development 4:21

Decision makers need to invest in training and resources to help educators effectively integrate technology into their teaching practices. Current technology trends in classrooms focus on intentional decision-making for effective usage. Educators are considering factors like cost-effectiveness, cross-platform compatibility, and collaborative features to ensure inclusive access for all students. Professional development services are vital for empowering teachers to leverage technology effectively.

2. Promote equitable access 11:28

As technology adoption varies across schools due to financial inequities, it's essential to prioritize equity and inclusion. Schools must be intentional in selecting quality technology use cases that align with existing teaching practices. Providing students access to technology in the context of great teaching and learning fosters agency and resilience. We must ensure all students have access to technology, regardless of their socioeconomic background. 

3. Adapt assessment strategies 14:14

As emerging technology introduces new ways for students to express themselves creatively, educators need to adapt assessment strategies. Shifting from traditional grading of end products to valuing the learning process becomes essential. Collaborative rubrics, reflections, and discussions can empower students to take ownership of their learning.

4. Empower students as creators 17:57

Empowering students as creators requires decentralizing the traditional teacher-centered model. Teachers can step aside and guide students through creative processes, supporting their reflections and self-evaluations. Emphasizing student agency and process-oriented learning fosters authentic learning experiences. Using this approach we can encourage students to use technology to create, collaborate, and problem-solve.

5. Utilize interactive displays 02:15

Leverage the power of interactive displays to enhance teaching practices and improve student learning outcomes. Interactive displays are seen as valuable tools for amplifying good teaching practices, particularly in using video to stimulate classroom discussions. 

6. Amplify good teaching practices 04:03

Use technology to support and enhance effective teaching strategies, rather than replacing them. Technology can empower teachers to communicate information effectively, present clear visuals to students, and facilitate high-quality blended learning environments. Teachers can utilize technology such as an interactive display alongside personal computers and devices, enhancing the learning experience.

7. Create an interactive and engaging environment  07:10

Create a dynamic and interactive learning environment that encourages students to take ownership of their learning. Untethering the teacher from the front of the room and using technology like interactive displays as student stations can increase engagement and collaboration.

8. Inspire the next generation of learners 00:51

Interactive whiteboards can empower students to collaborate, take control of their learning, and participate actively. We can use technology to prepare students for a world of endless possibilities and help them develop the skills they need for future success.

9. Make content vibrant 01:20

Incorporate interactive whiteboards into the classroom to facilitate active learning, collaboration, and engagement. Using  technology such as interactive whiteboards allows us to display vibrant content, such as virtual field trips and guest speakers, enhancing student engagement.

10. Utilize the accessibility features 02:56

Features like annotation and subtitling aid in student retention and language learning. The use of subtitling on interactive displays is highlighted for increased vocabulary retention and improved student engagement during video-based instruction. 

As technology continues to advance and reshape education, educators need support and guidance while also being given the chance to make decisions in the role it plays in their classroom. By prioritizing professional development, promoting equitable access to technology, and empowering students as creators, we can create engaging and inclusive classrooms that prepare students for the complexities of the future. The journey towards embracing technology in education is ongoing, and by collaborating and learning together, we can transform education for the better.

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