Guest Post: A Technophobe’s Guide to Modern Teaching

Technophobe's guide to teaching

There’s lots of talk about how technology can lead students to be reliant on technology, impeding their love for knowledge. They also argue that using technology inside the classroom could prompt students to become indolent, which will have a negative effect on them in the long run.

That being said, there are even researchers who claim that the traditional model of teaching – teachers conducting lectures in the classroom while students jot down notes, remains to be the best mode of teaching.

On the other hand, there’s also been a lot of talk about how technology can augment a student’s learning experience by giving them a hands-on and multi-sensory learning time. This argument makes sense due to the fact that kids will have an easier time catching up on with the lessons using tools that they already use for their day-to-day conversations. There are even a bunch of schools that have already employed their method in their teaching tactics. Now, you’ll see many private schools that encourage the use of iPads in the classroom.

Despite the assertion that technology can reduce student’s attention towards actual studying, there are some reports and studies that prove otherwise.

  • A study from the University of California Medical School even said that students who used iPad for studying scored 23% higher than students who used a traditional approach.
  • a survey from Pearson Foundation suggested that 6 out 10 college and high school students agree that the use of tablets helped them study efficiently.
  • A study conducted by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt suggested that students who used iPad to study Math scored 20% higher than those who only used textbooks.

There have already been a lot of requests from parents and students alike, that teachers should use technology in the classroom. Well, why not? Students love using technology, and what kind of parent wouldn’t want their kid to study well? There has been a vast improvement with regard to this issue. But despite that, there are still a few remaining schools who fail to employ this kind of strategy. And it’s not because they don’t want their students to learn. Rather, it’s because some teachers are feeble when it comes to using technology. Well, no worries. Here is an easy to follow guide to employing a modern way of teaching, crafted especially for all of you technophobic folks out there.

PowerPoint game show review

Students just hate it every time they have to do a graded oral recitation. They often become uneasy, not knowing which one the teacher’s going to call next, and being completely naïve of what the teacher is going to ask them.

Technophobe's guide to teaching

The panic that they feel whenever they see the person next to them is being called. I could be next, students often say. They sigh with relief every time a new name is called, and it’s not them. But sooner or later, they will be called, and they can just pray to the Almighty God that it wouldn’t be too hard to answer.

You don’t have to put your students through that kind of terror. We’ve all been students once in a while. We know what students hate, and usually, it’s everything that has something to do with the word boring. Perhaps, that’s one of the reasons why boring rhymes with studying. But we are also well aware of what students love: games.

Make studying more fun. Instead of scaring the wits out of students every recitation day, you should craft a PowerPoint game show. There are templates available for download.

Let them blog

One of the most tragic parts of being a student is when they have to write a 2-page essay about a topic that they barely understood. Imagine having to ask your student to read a 300-page book just for a 2-page essay. Wouldn’t you just want to jump off a bridge?

Instead of making them endure all of that, why not just let them blog about the lesson. Check out some popular blogging sites like Tumblr or WordPress. You’ll find a bunch of neat templates which you could have your students use. Your students will have an even better time expressing their thoughts about the lesson and perhaps could even boost their interest in reading.

Wait. Here’s another distressing scenario: being asked by the teacher to summarize a really long pretext. But that’s not even half of the problem. The worst part is that you can’t even tell the difference between summarizing and copy-and-pasting. It’s no wonder the percentage of teenage suicides keeps on rising.

Don’t make the face because it really is quite tempting to just copy everything instead of reading the whole thing and coming up with a simpler and shorter version. But here’s what you that’ll make it better for everyone: make your students tweet a summary of the topic on Twitter, or even on Facebook. It’ll make them more inclined to reading the topic since you’ll be giving them an excuse to go online, and they want that, don’t they?

Make your students write about technology

It really tears a student’s hearts that you often ask them to write about vague topics, that even you don’t fully understand, but never about topics that they know about.

It may be hard for some people to believe, but kids happen to be clever at things they like. You’re the teacher, and they’re the students. There’s a barrier, but 2017 is coming up, so maybe, it’s time for a change. Make that connection. Make them write about technology, you’ll be surprised at how much you’ll learn from them. Plus, having them write about it will give you points on how to use technology in the classroom setting.

Make a class web page

Come on, when did announcements ever become effective? Kids aren’t very attentive to boring old announcements. Now, there’s a fact. You can’t blame them for that. But there’s something you can do about it, which will make it easier for everyone, and that’s by creating a class web page.

You don’t need to buy your own domain, but you’re free to do so. This way, students will have more pleasure looking at announcements. Maybe they’ll even bother to participate. If you browse the internet, you’ll find tons of websites offering free content creation. Don’t worry. They all come with easy to understand instructions. You won’t get lost in the jungle.

Author Bio

Stephen K. Millen has been a writer since ever since she could remember. He is now working as a Junior Manager for a marketing company. He travels a lot on his weekends, mostly on his bike. He writes for DoMyHomework . His favourite niche includes business management, development communication and online marketing.


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