By now, you have seen how we place importance in adding technology to enhance the classroom experience. Technology can be used to access resources, create our own and also to challenge students during the class. Let’s survey some of the skills you can work on this summer, especially if you take our IT@IH course. Technology is not the centre of our teaching, but it certainly provides support!
This week let’s set some goals related to technology or at least see some opportunities that technology can provide us with if we use it well. Technology should never be the centre point of our teaching, but it certainly can provide support!
I always tell people how I moved to Portugal with just a couple suitcases, which meant I didn’t bring any resources for teaching English along with me. What I had, which has been a never-ending resource has been my laptop. From there, I have been able to share a bit of the US with my students, or at least, English. Just think of all of the videos on YouTube, and don’t forget the TED talks we talked about some weeks ago. We’ve got the world at our fingertips, but we have to set some goals so we can take advantage of what technology can help us access.
That’s why the first goal is: because you invest in creating activities to accompany video, why don’t you learn how to download the video? Let’s download, create folders and organize our worksheets and videos so that they’ll be ready when we need them. Also, let’s not leave ourselves at the mercy of a wi-fi connection at our school.
The second goal is: take screenshots of videos. And why not make PowerPoints & worksheets from our screen shots? This summer, we’ll be working on making our own visually-rich activities using images from the internet, screenshots and perhaps even our own photos.
The third goal is: calculating results. Excel seems like a dirty word, but it’s a very powerful resource. We just have to look at what we want to do and how to do it. Working together, it’s really not as hard as it looks!
The fourth goal is: let’s explore a few online platforms like what we’ve seen here, such as Kahoot to challenge our students. Several moments throughout the year doing activities and playing games using technology changes the pace and makes learning enjoyable.
By setting these goals, in fact we are creating opportunities for ourselves and our students.