8 Ways For Old School Teachers to Embrace Technology
Learn From Your Students
When you get stuck with a technological tool, a student can usually help. Using technology is something that comes naturally to them. A British survey found that 14 to 15 year-olds are the most tech-savy generation. Even the youngest students can be confident when using technology. Six year-olds were found to have a better understanding of communications technology, than those over the age of 45.
Be Proactive About Learning New Skills
Don’t be intimidated by technology. Instead, consider it an opportunity for advancement. Attend workshops and seek training when you can. To evolve as a teacher, you have to keep up with technology. To be competitive when entering the workforce, your students must do the same. Lead by example, as technology isn’t going anywhere.
Focus on the Positive Aspects of Technology
Consider the benefits of technology and how it can make your job easier. Everything is going online. This may be an annoyance to some, but it has its advantages. Student work can be backed up and made more accessible. Homework can be accessed online by parents as well as students. Thanks to this, work doesn’t get lost and parents can offer support to ensure it gets done. Soon there will be no excuse for failing to complete homework assignments.
Provide Constructive Feedback
You don’t have to be tech-savvy to know if something in your classroom isn’t working well. Whatever feedback you have, positive or negative, don’t keep it to yourself. Understand that these things take time, but don’t hesitate to advocate for your students and colleagues.
Take a Break From Technology
Plan some tech-free activities to break up the lessons. You can plan group activities, discussions, games, or tasks that only need pens, paper, and books. It will give students a change of pace and bring them back to basics. This style of teaching—using both online and offline methods in the same classroom—is called blended learning, and is a great way for uncertain teachers to test technology.
Set Clear Boundaries in the Classroom
The internet, smartphones and educational games are examples of tools used in today’s classroom. Such tools may not be used productively if clear boundaries and regulations aren’t put in place. Students may use their smartphones to waste time rather than focus on tasks; playing games when they should be researching.