5 Ways to Boost Technological Literacy In Classroom

Any educator will agree summer is the perfect time for looking back over previous year and revising your teaching methods!

As such, boosting technological competency in classroom is my priority this year. I strongly believe any educator is responsible for it. No matter, whether you teach Math or languages, technological era demands proper involvement of gadgets.

Below I’ll share my ideas on how to ensure a techno-literate classroom:

5 ways to boost technological literacy in classroom

1. Teaching official correspondence via email

You have assigned kids to write an essay. Why ask them to present the work during class? They can simply send it via email. Kids should master the techniques of writing “official” emails since the very early age.

I advise reducing points in case there is no proper subject and message along with attached file.

This type of assignments will definitely be a great help for them in future.

2. Creating a virtual environment for teamwork

Any educator knows how useful teamwork is for kids at any age. Well, it is even more effective when organized in digital environment. You can assign preparing presentations by using online tools. I advise using different tools for communication and design. It will definitely help kids realize computer is not only for games.

These days there are high quality apps for any subject. You can find my recommendations on some really valuable apps in this website.

3. Communicating in a social network

There’s no doubt that all school kids are active on Facebook and other social networks. Time to make it effective! I advise creating a page and opening some discussions. Have a free moment? Publish a post asking kids how they are spending their vacations. Is there some terrific cultural or political news? Ask their opinions!

I think we could also publish wishes any time there is a birthday. Besides technological competency, these patterns of communication will boost classroom cooperation, which is so effective!

4. Keeping a blog

A classroom blog is a must for language teachers. It can be on any topic though I recommend choosing a topic that will be useful in terms of knowledge too. Keeping a blog will improve their content writing skills and help them master publishing skills. You can opt for WordPress or any other platform.

This idea is great for another reason too. Parents will also keep tuned with kids’ learning progress. A good way to make school a three-way communication!

5. Presenting homework in printed form

Is there any chance that kids will write down job-related staff on paper in the future? Surely no! There is no such company in digitalized world. No reason for delaying this approach! Let them present essays, presentations or any other work in print. You’ll like the idea since there’ll be no need to decode their handwriting any more. Easy for teachers, effective for students!

To sum up, technological competency is no less important than the professional knowledge students have. It is any educator’s responsibility to lead students through digital environment. Otherwise, they will never catch up with ever-emerging tech developments. 

    

Erin

Mother. Teacher. Keynote. Author

Erin Klein is an award winning educator, national keynote speaker, author, and mother.

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