A. "Useful Tips to Help You Integrate Technology in Your Class" (post) provides an infographic that lists "10 Easy Ways to Integrate Teachnology in Your Class," X of which are included below.
"Every time you want to digitize a teaching task ask yourself the following questions":
- "[W]hat are the added advantages of integrating technology in this task?"
- "[W]hat are the alternative plans if things did not go as planned?"
2. Some Other In-Class Uses of Technology to Consider
- Grading paperlessly (use the D2L grading app)
3. See also the many ideas and tools listed through "DiRT: DIgital Research Tools."
B. The Suggestions
1. "Run a Virtual Field Trip"
- "If a location is out of reach due to logistaical issues, ... simulate a visual trip by using a wide variety of augmented reality apps."
- Some tools: Google Earth VR, [Google Expeditions, Discovery Education, Skype Virtual Field Trips, Google Arts and Culture]
2. "Quiet a Noisy Classroom"
- "To make it easier to give lessons and presentations, use a tool that tracks and displays noise."
3. "Use Videos for Mini-Lessons"
- "[B]olster your lesson plans by using videos as stand-alone overviews for some topics."
- Some tools: Teacher Tube, TedEd, [Crash Course], [EdPuzzle for clipping and inserting questions into videos]
4. "Co-ordinate Live Video"
- Whether it's a contact from another school or a seasoned lecturer you reach out to, bringing an expert into your classroom will expose your students to new ideas and can lighten your workload."
5. "Add Multimedia Elements to Presentations"
- "[S]lideshow presentations made entirely up of text can disengage students."
- "[O]nes with multimedia elements can effectively hold their attention by varying content delivery."
6. "Use Digital Exit Tickets"
- "Exit tickets can help students process ideas, reflect on what they have learned, and share their thoughts and feedback."
7. "Study, Review, and Critique Content on Web Pages"
- "[A] technology-focused spin on notetaking"
- "Find a webpage with content reflecting or related to your lessons, and get students to male notes directly on the page."
8. "Use Online Mind Maps for a Class Brainstorm"
- "[B]rainstorm ideas as a way to reinforce lessons or launch a problem-based learning exercise."
9. "Gather Student Feedback"
- "[C]reate and distirubte surveys."
10. "Launch a Wiki Page or Blog for a Collaborative Assignment"
- "[S]tudents must contribute their own content to the page, editing and refining each other's work."