Productive Ways To Integrate Technology Into The Classroom : : (Linking…
Productive Ways To Integrate Technology Into The Classroom : :
Virtual Learning Environments
Virtual Learning Environments, like Moogle, Blackboard and Socrative, can greatly help the administration and running of a classroom.
Students can access resources, submit work, discuss with other students and ask questions, all from the VLE interface.
Teachers can upload and manage resources, store lesson plans and seating charts, mark and return assignments, all online.
VLEs have even changed the way staff communicate with each other:
Interesting article about staff communication through a VLE
Online gradebooks mean teachers can keep online records of students grades
Parents can keep up to date with students scores, feedback, and sometimes disciplinary action
Some programmes can calculate averages for the teacher
"Implementing an online gradebook program has been one of the best steps we have taken as a school to improve home-school communication and enhance student learning,"- Debbie Hamilton, Principal of Eisenhower Middle Schol
New Assessment Forms
Class Wikis or Blogs can be used for students to ask questions, or can be used for students to submit assignments as blog posts
Using technology in presentations can help students with collaboration, as well as working on their presentation skills and digital literacy
An assignment to make a podcast or video, instead of writing an essay, could be an interesting and novel way to assess knowledge!
Use CAA to do an online assessment
Linking from School to Home
Using technology, teachers can connect more easily with parents
Using a VLE, parents can be kept up to date with topics being covered and lesson plans
Parents can also be given access to their students grades and feedback, to keep up to date with their attainment
Digital newsletters can be sent out to spread the news of school activities and events
With lesson plans online, students won't get behind even if they have to stay home for illness