TIPS FOR USING TECHNOLOGY IN THE CLASSROOM AS A NEW TEACHER
Students are using technology to supplement their learning more and more every year. A 2015 Pearson survey conducted by Harris Poll asked students in fourth to twelfth grade about their technology use. Here are some of their key findings:
The use of tablets among students at the elementary, middle school, and high school levels increased from 2014 to 2015.
The use of smartphones also increased across all levels. According to the Pearson survey: 'In 2015, 53% of elementary students, 66% of middle school students and 82% of high school students use smartphones regularly.
83% of surveyed students said they use a laptop to complete their school work.
The survey also found that 72% of elementary students, 66% of middle school students and 54% of high school students want the use of mobile devices in the classroom to increase.Trying to fulfill these students' wishes can benefit everyone in the classroom. According to a survey conducted by VeraQuest Research for PBS Learning Media, reinforcing materials, motivating students, and accommodating multiple learning styles are some of the benefits of using technology in your lessons. Keep reading to learn our tips for successfully incorporating technology into your classroom.
The Pearson survey also found that, at all levels of education, 'most students feel that they know more about tablets and other computers than their teachers.' You want to prove them wrong by knowing the tools you're using for class inside and out.
The previously mentioned VeraQuest survey found that, of the teachers surveyed, about half were 'comfortable experimenting with new technology.' Even if you're not one of the teachers who is okay using technology, you should still push yourself to test things out.
To get yourself more comfortable and familiar with the technology you might be using in class, play around with them first at home and read up on them. This will help you determine what will work best for your class. You'll feel less stressed and nervous if you're already comfortable with the gadget before class time rolls around. It will also help you identify areas that might cause trouble for students and prepare to help them troubleshoot.
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