I wasn’t always techy; it’s something I’ve forced myself to learn as I saw the necessity for it in terms of engaging my students, increasing communication with colleagues, students and parents and organizing my resources effectively. But don’t get me wrong – I’m far from a professional. I’m constantly learning and trying new things in the realm of technology in the classroom. Some work; others are epic failures.
In my mind, technology and education are now irrevocably intertwined. That’s why it baffles me how many teachers still shy away from it. Through collegial conversations I’ve learned that many simply feel overwhelmed and intimidated by technology, and they don’t know where to start.
My advice? Start somewhere. Do something. Try various forms of technology to engage students, communicate and access free professional development.
I love infographics. You can get such a great bang for your buck in terms of learning about something really quickly. I’d like to share 5 of my favourite infographics about technology in the classroom. Perhaps taking a quick look at some of these images will inspire those who are technology challenged to take the leap into a 21st century classroom one small step at a time.Enjoy and share!
- 9 Things Tech-Savvy Teachers Do On A Regular Basis: use this infographic to figure out what you should be doing as a tech-savvy teacher!
2. The GAFE train: use this infographic as a way to determine what your ‘next steps’ are in terms of learning everything about Google Suite for schools.
3. 10 Things Every Teacher Should Be Able to Do on Google Classroom: use this infographic to inspire you to learn more about how you can use Google Classroom daily for more than just posting your agenda and homework.
4. Social Media 101: use this infographic to get the 411 on the most popular social media applications.
5. Bloom’s Taxonomy on the Web: use this infographic as a starting point to transform some of your current lessons to web based activities or to create some new ones based on your lesson objectives.
Remember! You’ve got to start somewhere. I hope these infographics will give you the inspiration and information to do just that.
How do you use technology in the classroom? What roadblocks have you faced along the way? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.