Easy Ways to Integrate Technology in Class

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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.

1. Caveats

"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

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."

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."

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."
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