Friday, October 29th, 2010 | education, technology
Teaching is one of the most complex professions on the planet. The spread of learning areas demanded by a good education requires a teacher to teach a wide variety of topics. This is particularly true of primary school teachers who often must teach all learning areas. Secondary school teachers specializing in specific learning areas also know that their subject can not be taught in absolute isolation.
Adding to the difficult task of teaching is the fact that learners are all so different!
Any tool with the potential of easing the complicated task of teachers can’t be ignored. Technology offers teaching tools, which can make the teacher’s task much, much easier.
What are the most appropriate technologies for teachers?
At the heart of technology tools stands the computer – this can be a personal computer (PC), a laptop or a smaller portable device with the same functionality as a bigger computer. A computer allows you to create information, obtain it from elsewhere, store it, and use it whenever you want. This information can be in the form of text, pictures and even video.
One computer by itself may not do much in the classroom. But it is the starting point for you to learn to use technology. Once you can use a computer, you can link it to other devices to display prepared information to learners; some technologies even allow learners some interaction.
Here are a few examples of technology tools for the classroom:
A data projector allows you to display information on your computer to a class or even a larger group in a bigger venue.
An interactive whiteboard is useful when you require learners to interact with the teaching material.
A scanner can be used to copy documents, such as work of learners, pictures or newspaper clippings, and display them to the class.
A digital camera is used by many teachers to take pictures, which may then be used for teaching.
A voting system (also called clickers) is an excellent assessment tool, which allows learners to respond to your questions, making the results instantly available to you.
These are just a few tools that may be useful to you. Look around and see what other teachers are using and decide which ones you would like to use.
For more technology tips for teachers click here.