Every year, teachers look for ways to engage their students by integrating
technology into their lesson plans. Ronald Kister, an IT consultant in New York, has worked with numerous school districts to help them develop technology education programs and train teach
ers on new instructional technologies. Instructional technology can be a fun and inviting way to keep students engaged in the learning process. Here are a number of highly engaging uses for technology in the classroom.
A powerful aid to instruction is the ability to gather structured feedback in a matter of minutes. It’s never been easier to gather instant feedback thanks to the multitude of Internet-enabled devices on the market. Teachers can utilize the numerous websites that provide web-based survey and polling tools, student response systems, and even Twitter.
Today’s students spend hours every day watching videos online. Teachers can leverage this fact by using video for instructional purposes. With the help of free tools, teachers can now embed questions into the instructional videos, transforming them into a powerful teaching aid. Utilizing embedded questions within videos can allow teachers to ensure their students are engaging with the content.
Leverage Gaming Mechanics
Leveraging gaming mechanics in the classroom can make learning more fun for your students. Every time you bring in competition or levels of achievement into the classroom, you are gamifying your classroom.
Keeping students engaged in the learning process can be easily accomplished when you introduce technology into the classroom. Ronald Kister has been helping schools and teachers effectively incorporate instructional technology into the classroom for over fifteen years.