“My Tech addicted Teacher “— available only in developed country.
Teachers all over the world fight for attention and engagement of students. More sophisticated is our life and gadgets, more difficult is to attract students and to guide them into science.
Nowadays technologies are here to facilitate teaching on the one hand, and diversify learning, on the other.
Let’s take a look at what the global net offer to a young teacher seeking for technology-based lessons and activities in 2018.
First of all, we would like to share with you a short video. Microsoft has asked kids and students, and teachers about the future of education technologies. Listen to what they say:
How can technology help to teach?
- Online collaboration tools, such as those in Google Apps, allows students and instructors to share documents online, edit them in real time and project them on a screen. This gives students a collaborative platform in which to brainstorm ideas and document their work using text and images. This also engages teamwork and strength relations between classmates.
ezTalks have compared 5 Online collaboration tools and conclude that every instrument can perfectly fit your needs, just choose the one you prefer to start with: MindMeister, ProofHub, Skype, ezTalks Meetings and Google Docs.
And here is 27 more tools: DrawP, MakersEmpire, Mural and so on — even Minecraft! Surprised?
- Presentation software (such as PowerPoint, Keynote and Google slides) enables instructors to embed high-resolution photographs, diagrams, videos and sound files to augment the text and verbal lecture content.
TechRadar named 5 Best presentation software in 2018: CustomShow, ClearSlide, Haiku Deck, SlideDog and Prezi Business.
- Tablets can be linked to computers, projectors, and the cloud so that students and instructors can communicate through text, drawings, and diagrams.
The main rivals are Samsung and Apple. Different catalogs publish their own TOP of best tablets for education and here is the result: Apple iPad Pro, Samsung Galaxy Tab S3, Google Pixel C, Apple iPad 9.7-inch (2017) and Samsung Galaxy Book.
Tablets allow using special pencils, keyboards and all it weights almost nothing.
If you want to purchase one think about your main purposes, battery capacity, and storage volume.
- Course management tools such as Canvas, Edmodo, LearnBoost, Schoology, allow instructors to organize all the resources students need for a class (e.g. syllabi, assignments, readings, online quizzes), provide valuable grading tools, and create spaces for discussion, document sharing, and video and audio commentary.
Capterra offers more than 100 Course management tools.
- Clickers and smartphones are a quick and easy way to survey students during class. This is great for instant polling, which can quickly assess students’ understanding and help instructors adjust pace and content.
Some kindergartens use web cameras to ensure the safety of the children. Every parent can survey his/her child and always control the situation.
- Lecture-capture tools, such as Panopto, TechSmith Relay, iSpring, Screencast-O-Matic, Jing, Adobe Captive, Echo360 etc allow recording lectures directly from their computer, without elaborate or additional classroom equipment. Consider recording your lectures as you give them and then uploading them for students to re-watch.
Studies show that posting recorded lectures does not diminish attendance and students really appreciate the opportunity to review lectures at their own pace.
You can also use screen capture tools if you have online courses for international students, or for students who are physically challenged.
When you are looking for tools for teachers there are certain criteria you will need. You will want a screencasting tool that’s:
- Simple to use. Some screencasting tools are not available for mobile devices
- Able to record a voiceover
- Able to annotate
- Equipped with editing features so that you are able to take away parts that may disengage students attention. Some editing tools would include watermark for a free version and time limits.
- Easy to share. The last thing you want is to be having to pause the lesson to get your own head around using your screencasting tool.
In 2018 Tutorful has detected 90 great tools for teaching and learning and 60 apps for doing it on mobile which they are collected from teachers blogs and reviews.
Here is some of them:
Nearpod — Create, Engage and Assess Through Mobile Devices — 3D available
Kahoot! — a game-based learning platform. Teachers can quickly create fun learning games for students based on multiple choice questions.
AdmitHub - free, expert guidance along the path from high school to and through college.
Remind - a classroom messaging app that helps teachers, students, and parents communicate quickly and efficiently.
For some action
Go Noodle — gamifies movement and exercise, getting kids out of their seats and allowing them to be energetic, playful and active.
The full list of software is here, click.
Want to know how a lesson using interactive tools looks like?
But let us finish with some important statistics.
We are observing and participating in the great process of tech progress.
But we should not forget about the education level in the third world countries:
10 facts about education in third world countries:
- There are more than 124 million primary or secondary school-aged children who are not in school around the world.
- An estimated 150 million children worldwide are engaged in child labor.
- 75 million children aged 3 to 18 live in countries facing war and violence and need educational support.
- Each year of education reduces the risk of conflict by around 20%.
- From 2013 through 2017, there were more than 12,700 attacks on education, harming more than 21,000 students and educators.
- Some children belong to families who cannot afford it, while others are too sick or too hungry to attend school.
- Less than 5% of children have access to pre-primary school in some countries affected by conflict.
- In sub-Saharan Africa, for every 100 boys of primary school age out of school, there are 123 girls denied the right to education.
- The cost of providing 13 years of education for a child living in a developing country is around $1.18 a day.
- One of the first steps in overcoming poverty is receiving an education. Some schools and cities don’t have classrooms, materials and even teachers.