3 educational technology resources to help any new teacher
Your millennial teachers are important assets. They love collaborating and sharing ideas. They’re masters of technology. They’re flexible, authentic, and always seeking new ways to engage students.
But they fall prey to the same challenges facing every new teacher: classroom management, lesson planning, and one-on-one interaction with students, among others.
As technology drives new teaching strategies and learning opportunities, it also gives new teachers better tools to save time, spark student interest, and measure their progress. Let’s look at three tech resources designed to help any young teacher.
Collaborate, create, and cultivate in lesson planning
Now more than ever, lesson plans are a jumping off point. The internet is bursting with interactive projects, videos, and other fresh ideas that support any lesson plan. Whether it’s Intel’s free education network, Microsoft’s virtual collaboration tools, or Google’s apps for education, new teachers have many resources to round out their curricula.
These tools can help create customized lesson plans for a student’s personalized learning time. Allowed to work alone or in small groups, students can delve into their favorite topics beyond what’s in the textbook (plus, students who miss class can keep up by watching videos and completing homework online).
Teachers are collaborators, so encourage teachers young and old to share video lectures, PowerPoint presentations, annotated passages, and other material on the internet (or the school’s intranet). This sharing allows lessons to be used by other teachers or stashed away for future years.
Mastering classroom management
Classroom management is an important skill all teachers must possess, and technology can certainly help. Digital tools, like GoGuardian, Lightspeed, or Hapara, give teachers new ways to monitor and reward student achievement. These tools can encourage teachers to find new ways to present lessons, including through gamification.
Plus, digital management systems give teachers new ways to connect with parents. These resources allow parents to track their child’s progress each day, and ensure there’s no miscommunication between student, teacher, and parent. In other words, parents will know what homework is assigned or if a test is scheduled.
Flip that classroom
The concept of flipping the classroom is spreading throughout the country, with more than half of all higher education faculty already embracing this new method of teaching. Having students view video lectures at home frees them up to complete their written work in the classroom, where teachers can step in as questions arise about different concepts and exercises. This model also fosters group discussions and other feedback activities.
Flipping a classroom obviously takes considerable time and skill, and young teachers can be supported through a 1:1 classroom initiative. This type of technology upgrade also encourages new teachers to find creative ways to present lessons to their students. Schools providing laptops or tablets in the classroom also open new opportunities for students to dive deeper into the subjects they’re interested in.
Give young teachers the tools to be successful
Young teachers grew up with technology and they’re ready to embrace new tools, enabled by computers and tablets, in the classroom.
But teaching isn’t an easy job and new teachers experience a learning curve in mastering their classroom presence and teaching style. When teachers flip the classroom, collaborate, and are supported by classroom management tools, they connect better with students and parents alike. Giving your new teachers the right tools will help them develop better lesson plans and take control of the classroom, leading to better student performance.