Sunday, February 8th, 2009 | Computer Usage, laptops
You can use your laptop as a teaching tool in two ways: it is a great help during lesson preparation, and it can be used for lesson presentation.
A laptop will make lesson preparation much easier, as you use it to type lesson outlines, gather teaching resources, and prepare assessment tasks. The best part of it is that you can save your work for reuse next year!
If you want to use the laptop in a more direct way to present lessons, the small screen will be a problem. It is impossible for a large group of learners to see what you display on a laptop screen. You will need a projection device such as a data projector or an interactive electronic whiteboard if you want to use your laptop effectively for lesson presentation.
With the aid of special programs – presentation software – you will be able to prepare presentations to use in your lessons. The presentation may include text (words, lists, descriptions or definitions), pictures, diagrams, sound and even video clips. You can put together presentations that are much more exciting than a simple slide show.
Let’s now look at some says in which you can make your lessons more interesting with the use of your laptop:
Introduce sessions with a captivating picture, diagram or quote, thereby setting the scene for the session and helping the class to focus on the purpose of the lesson.
A picture is worth a thousand words – illustrate important points, or difficult concepts, by means of interesting images.
A video clip will capture the attention of the learners.
Display worked examples to a class in a step-by-step fashion.
You do not have to go through the laborious process of writing notes on the board – simply prepare them ahead of time and display them at the appropriate points in your lesson. Just think about it – you can use these notes over and over, without the need to rewrite them.
During a class discussion, type learner suggestions and ideas and display them for all to see. These notes can be saved and used repeatedly.
There are many resources from which information could be obtained for your presentations.
The internet is a rich source of pictures and video clips.
You can take your own pictures with a digital camera and incorporate them in your lessons.
Some interactive electronic whiteboard suppliers make their databanks of educational material available to teachers.
Colleagues may be willing to share their resources with you.
After using your laptop in the class for a while, you may discover – as many other teachers have done – that you never want to be without this useful teaching tool again!
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