Let’s face it – technology has changed education. A couple of years back the very thought of “PC for education” was unheard of and now it’s a core essential for every teacher who wants to go from good to great.
Now the big question is how to simplify using technology in the classroom - here’s the lowdown:
Commandment #1: Master the Art of Research
This is undoubtedly the hardest to do, but once you ace it – there’s no stopping. First things first, bookmark the essentials such as Wikipedia and Google Scholar in your browser. Next, make it a daily practice to search the news section of your subject and topics of interest via Google News so you are aware of what’s happening on a real-time basis.
Commandment #2: Give Credit Wherever It’s Due
Imitation is the best form of flattery…
But not for academics!
Any information you take from an article, research paper or website, do make sure to hyperlink or cite the source to avoid any plagiarism issues.
Commandment #3: Backup your data, consistently
Whenever you make changes to files or add new files, you need to back up your files. It is a good practice to maintain a backup schedule so you never miss out. If you are working on a critical project, you may want to back it up even more often, even daily if needed.
Commandment #4: Keep in Mind Email Etiquette
It may sound basic but the way to put across your communications speaks volumes. For example, emails that are long and deviate from the subject line serve no purpose. Always, be to the point and keep in mind to mention you’re sending attachments which are named properly.
Commandment #5: Follow the dos and don’ts of Social media
Control your privacy settings
Disconnect from negativity
Use the right content on the right network
Separate Business and Personal Account
Complete and Update Your Social Media Profiles
Don’t over post
DON’T CREATE POSTS IN ALL CAPS
For a teacher to excel in their career, up-skilling is pivotal. This will not only help you but also engage students to learn more and more.
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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