1.28.2016

Teacher Tips Thursday (Technology in the Classroom)

Welcome to the second installment of my "Teacher Tips Thursday" weekly posts :) Each week I will be writing up quick tips that I think will benefit new and experienced teachers alike. I love collaborating, so if there is something you would like to add to this list, please leave me a comment in the comments field below and I will add your tips with credit to you. 
Technology in the Classroom

If you have noticed a trend in other teachers using Chromebooks and tablets in their everyday teachings, you aren't alone. I'm going to quickly outline a few good reasons why we all should be following suit, too. 

Waste Reduction 

As teachers we have a social responsibility to help sustain our resources. By stepping into the digital age are saving paper, ink, writing tools, and other related resources. In addition to being good role models by reducing our consumption and waste, we are showing our students we aren't stuck in the stone age either (which give us brownie points too, trust me). 


Time-Saver

We save time by eliminating the amount of paper handouts (newsletters, homework sheets, writing assignment information, etc) as we move towards digital technology. By setting up digital experiences we can all have the relevant information and lessons at our fingertips - students, parents and fellow teachers alike. There is no more running around the room looking for that loose leaf sheet of paper with the instructions printed on them. When we move towards a more digital classroom and everyone can access their work in a heartbeat, everyone saves time. Which means there is more time for actual learning.

Student Career Prep

Teaching our students now about  how to use technology helps prepare them for the rest of their education and even for their careers later on. Students need to learn how to be tech-savvy in today's world. 


Engaged Students 

When students are excited to use resources like Chromebooks and tablets they are more likely to learn the lesson within it. That's a fact.

Current, Portable Learning

Say goodbye to bulky, heavy outdated learning resources and textbooks. With today's technology we can easily guide our students towards top-notch learning experiences through lightweight devices and amazing apps, alongside traditional teaching methods.  

It's time to embrace digital learning in our classrooms because whether we like it or not, it is the way of the future and we need to help our students prepare for the 'real' world!  

Previous Teacher Tips Thursday Posts: 

1. Teacher Tips Thursday (Child Behaviour Guidance)

Thanks for reading!

Jen Rece