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Technology in the Classroom: 5 Signs Students Are Ready For EdTech Tools and Study Apps

“Technology in the Classroom: 5 Signs Students Are Ready For EdTech Tools and Study Apps

Many teachers shy away from using EdTech tools in the classroom for many reasons. Some think that their students won’t get as much out of them as other, more traditional techniques. Others think that their students just aren’t ready to grasp such technicalities. However, you would be surprised at how soon your students could be ready for them. Here are five signs your students are ready to try EdTech tools in the classroom.

  1. Students are using technology at home

You may find that your students are handing in homework that has been created with digital technology. If this is becoming the case, it’s worth investigating what tools they have access to at home.

  1. Communication happens over social media

Parents or students may ask to keep in touch with you over social media. If they do so and you welcome it, you can start integrating it into your lesson planning.

  1. Students start bringing in communication tools

This happens especially after holidays, so look out for this over the Christmas break. If your students are bringing in devices such as phones or tablets, you can harness them for learning, avoiding distractions and resentment for taking them away, as most schools would do.

  1. Students appear bored unless they can use technology in the classroom

Do you find that your students appear to be uninvolved in learning, unless a technological aspect is introduced? It may be time to let them get more involved.

  1. Students ask for technological advances in their schoolwork

Finally, your students may start asking for these changes themselves. Work with them and create a plan for using more EdTech tools day to day.

Suggested EdTech tools:

Now you know your students are ready for EdTech tools, you’ll need to find some that will help them get the most out of their learning. Here are some of the best ones you can find online, for students of any age.

Assignment Help: This site is a great all in one resource for students. It has lots of help for those trying to write assignments, such as citation guides, advice on how to avoid plagiarism, and word counters. If your students need help, it’s the best place to point them to in the first instance.

Edmodo: This tool allows you to connect with your students and their parents or carers easily. Everyone signs up for the service, and you can create homework assignments or quizzes for your students in minutes. They can complete them at home, and you can assess them right in the site. You can even track students’ progress.

Schoology: This learning tool is designed with a wide range of learners in mind, from high school all the way to corporate trainees. It can easily be used with these learners in mind, as their tools help you put together personalised activities for them without any specialist knowledge.

Funbrain: What student doesn’t love computer games? This site has a wide range of games for them to choose from, all with an educational bent. They can work on their grammar, spelling, math, or any other number of subjects while playing. There are lots of fun, educational stories available on the site, too.

UK Writings: This is an invaluable resource for older students. If they struggle with proofreading and editing their assignments, the expert writers at this service can help. They’ll work with them as they go through their writing, picking up any errors made and showing them what they can do to improve their writing.

Studysync: This tool is a great way to help all your students get access to the texts they need to improve their literacy. There’s over 1200 classic texts in their library, along with a huge amount of help and support for them to complete assignments and activities in class.

Now you have all the tools at hand to help your students use EdTech tools to their full potential. It’s actually easy to spot when they’re ready, so you can start introducing them gradually and help them see just how much they can learn through them. Communicate with your students and you’ll soon see how much they learn through them.”

Stephen

Posted on: December 13, 2016, 6:02 am Category: Uncategorized

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