Today’s classroom has come a long way since the days of creating transparencies for the overhead projector, or wheeling the TV/VCR combo to the front of the room to show a movie to the class. Modern education is all about interaction and engagement through multimedia. But the question is how do you do it? There are all sorts of great new technologies available, but what can you do with them? How can you use this technology to help your students learn better? Here are 4 ways of enhancing technology use in the classroom.

  1. Connect with Other Students. One of the things technology does is to bring the world closer together. Your students have the opportunity to connect with people from all over the world who share similar interests. And you have the opportunity to teach them how to do that in a safe, educational environment. Find and connect with other classrooms around the country and around the world, and chat with them via video conference. Find out what they’re learning and what their classroom life is like, and compare it to what your students are doing. You’ll both be able to learn from each other, and, hopefully, keep in touch throughout the rest of the year, or even beyond!
  2. Create Videos. Anyone can show a movie in class. But it’s much more exciting to make one in class instead. Have your students create different types of videos based on the material they’re learning. Experiment with different formats and different techniques. You can have one be a documentary, one be a TV game show, another be a mystery or a sitcom, etc. While they’re learning the material, they can also be learning how to operate a camera, compose a shot, edit footage, and more. The films can then be screened for the entire class at the end of the semester.
  3. Create a Class Podcast. Podcasts are becoming increasingly popular these days. They come in all different forms, on all different topics. And they can be a great way of getting information across in an interactive way. Divide the class into groups, and have them take turns making podcasts based on the different sections that you’re learning, which they’ll then present to the class. Encourage them to find new and interesting ways of presenting the material in an audio-only form. This can include a group discussion, interviews, or even brief dramatized sketches and scenes that illustrate the point. Play other podcasts for them first, to give them an idea.
  4. Create a Class Wiki. This can be a great way of enhancing technology use in the classroom while getting students involved in what they’re learning and providing them with an effective study tool. Create a wiki that includes what you’ve been teaching, and have the students update it with material from lectures, class discussions, or the textbook. Entering in and editing the information will help them retain it, and having all the material together in one place will help them as they study for tests and exams.

These are just a few ways of enhancing technology use in the classroom. There are all sorts of new technologies available, and a myriad of ways to use them to engage students in their education. Use your imagination and see what you can do to aid in the learning process.

If your organization is looking for ways to implement more technology in your learning environments, we would love to have a conversation and see how we can help.