Do you want to make learning more fun and interactive for your students? Do you want to engage your students better? Online teaching tools are the key to doing that. Videos, slideshows, games, and interactive group activities should be the main tools in your belt, and when you are as savvy with technology as the students, amazing things can happen in the classroom.
Integrating the computer within the classroom, not only reinforces key technical skills children need in order to thrive in the 21st century, but it also increases student engagement and enhances learning.
These six tools will help engage your students and help them grasp concepts better!
Kids love to study in groups. At the same time, kids are also usually enthusiastic about getting into the digital world. Merging both of these aspects, Edmodo creates a controlled social media platform for teachers to assign and grade homework online. Because of this, kids get excited about getting their homework corrected on time. They also look forward to what’s going to happen in your next class!
All you need to do is sign up on behalf of your school and create a study group. Once done, you can share the group code with your students and get started! Here’s a screenshot of what the platform looks like when you sign up and create your class group.
Need help with designing in-class questionnaires and quizzes? Kahoot! is a free user-friendly tool available at your service. A teacher can design a quiz, survey, or questionnaire to test the knowledge of his or her students. Students can answer questions using a variety of devices. The quizzes and questionnaires, referred to as "Kahoots," are designed to promote a game-like atmosphere in the classroom. Players answer questions on their own computers, while games are displayed on a shared screen to unite the class – creating a ‘campfire moment’. Here’s how easy it is to create your own quiz.
At times, it’s difficult to keep track of the topics covered in the lectures, and the topics yet to be covered. This is where a learning management system (LMS) comes into the picture.
Schoology is a learning management system to facilitate the creation of class rosters, curricula, and calendars. It also keeps track of interactions among students and student assessment results, among other things. You can add assignments, quizzes, media albums and other resources to make learning fun for your students. It’s a great tool to promote interactive learning and its basic package is free. Here’s a look at the endless possibilities this tool has to offer.
Making graphs on the board can cost you a lot of time. Since each subject is allotted a limited number of school-hours, a tool to make and project graphs instantly can be of great help. Desmos is one such incredibly fast online calculator that can graph any imaginable function. It also allows users to add sliders, do regressions and plot whole data tables among other things. It may be difficult to engage students in your class while teaching them heavy concepts like co-ordinate geometry and linear equations, which is where Desmos will help you. This tool helps you move beyond textbooks and provide the latest information to your students while keeping them engaged in the classroom.
The reason students are not inclined towards learning languages is that they get easily bored. Dry teaching methods employed to teach languages make the task even more challenging.
To make learning more fun and interactive for students, Duolingo is a language learning app and website that features comprehensive guides for twenty languages.
Duolingo is proof of the effectiveness of gamification of lessons. While many tools and applications focus on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), Duolingo dares to make learning languages interesting. It does not follow the pattern of learning alphabets, then learning words, and then learning sentences. It follows a unique learning method which begins with simple sentences followed by sentences with increased complexity.
You can also create curricula for different languages using DuoLingo for Schools. Here’s where you can do that.
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Aarambh is a pan-India PC for Education initiative engineered to enhance learning using the power of technology; it is designed to help parents, teachers and children find firm footing in Digital India. This initiative seeks to connect parents, teachers and students and provide them the necessary training so that they can better utilise the PC for learning, both at school and at home.
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