Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010 | technology
In teaching, lesson preparation is as important – if not more important – than lesson presentation. Technology is a useful teaching tool even before you enter the classroom. You know how cumbersome pens, paper, scissors and glue are as lesson preparation tools. Technology can replace all of these manual tools. Here are a few examples:
You can use a word processor to type your lesson notes, learner notes and handouts, even including electronic images. The best part of this is that you can save your work for reuse next year – and if you need to make a change, only a few clicks are required.
Special programs – presentation software – enable you to prepare presentations to use in your lessons. Presentations 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.
The internet is a rich source of information – and it is free! You’ll find an image of practically anything you’re looking for. Once you become familiar with browsing around on the internet you’ll discover sites giving advice on the use of any conceivable technology device or any topic you want to teach.
You can borrow a presentation from another teacher and adapt it for your own use. It this way technology enables you to benefit from the teaching experience of others – the time you’ll save is a bonus.
When you plan to take your learners to a computer room where they will use educational software packages, it is a good idea to work through the material on your computer or laptop at home. Most software suppliers allow you to do so under the school’s licence agreement. Previewing the material in this way enables you to know how best to guide the learners while they engage with technology; it will also help you to plan the integration of technology with other classroom activities.
Don’t underestimate the importance of preparation. You know that the quality of your lesson is diminished if you skimp on preparation. The use of technology will not only make preparation more enjoyable – it will also help you to do a superb job of it.
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