There are a ton of resources for you on the web to bring technology into the classroom. Today we are highlighting the top 10 technology trends for the 2011-2012 school year.
- Use Video â€“ Use channels like YouTube to highlight videos related to lessons and activities.
- Blog â€“ Start a blog to showcase your studentsâ€™ work or achievements. Use blogs as a medium for students to post drafts and get peer feedback for the revising and editing stages of the writing process. Use Blogger or WordPress to blog for free.
- Create Podcasts â€“ Make your own podcasts on http://audacity.sourceforge.net/.Â You can also use this application to record live audio, convert tapes and records into digital recordings, splice music and more for free!
- Incorporate Google Docs â€“ use Google Docs to demonstrate the writing process and as a way to monitor students as they edit and revise their papers. Go paperless with Google Docs and mark the student work online.
- Slip in Music â€“ As you know, students of all ages are interested in music. Most likely a majority of your students use iTunes on a regular basis. To keep everyoneâ€™s attention, tie in music that your students like.
- Enhance Communication â€“ Utilize teleconferencing applications like Skype to set up modern day pen pals, talk to other classrooms around the world or bring in virtual speakers.
- Activate Exercises â€“ You know your students best. Using online applications like http://contentgenerator.net/ allows you to customize learning exercises to your studentsâ€™ strengths and weaknesses.
- Improve the Whiteboard â€“ Use interactive whiteboard more effectively. Familiarize yourself with all of the features. The more familiar you are with the whiteboard, the easier it is to enhance each flipcharts. Check out this link for more information. http://www.boxoftricks.net/2008/12/five-ideas-to-enhance-interactive-whiteboard-flipcharts/
- Design a Website – Create a â€śgood stuff to readâ€ť website where your students can post some of their favorite books, blogs and articles. Other students can post their opinions and reviews on the shared literature.
- Network Socially â€“ Although privacy is a definite concern when it comes to social media sites, you can still incorporate closed Facebook groups to interact with your students confidentially. Use Twitter as a collaboration tool. You can see a stream of consciousness as students work out a problem you present.
Technology in the classroom can be distracting when you donâ€™t have a clear purpose and plan. Use technology only when it helps you achieve your objectives.
How do you integrate technology into the curriculum? Do you have any ideas to add to the list?