The paradigm shift among teachers and educators – From chalkboards to smartboardsWe currently live in a globalised, fluid world which is digitally connected and what is needed is a shift in paradigm among educators and teachers as the world needs new minds. Teaching should be able to adapt itself to the new realities of the generation.The majority of us have a very conventional idea of teaching. You ask a parent how she visualizes her child in school and she will tell you about a classroom with a teacher standing near the blackboard and students sitting at tables. On the other hand, you ask an educator about how teaching can be performed and he tells you about things like active learning, collaborative learning, web tools and technology tools. In spite of the countless books and documents which promote some of the best novel methods of teaching, the majority of the teachers still take resort to the conventional and age-old method of direct instruction and assessment through the pen and paper exams. In reality, it is pretty easier to give a lecture than to engage the students in some other way and it is also easier to give conventional exams which are often associated with textbooks. Teachers usually bear a subconscious tendency to continue with the old and passive teaching methods and they even try their best to resist any new active methods of learning and teaching that keep evolving. Classroom teaching methods – What’s your style? We know that there will be no two teachers who are alike as all teachers share a unique experience whenever they enter a classroom. What do you mean by effective teaching style? Well, the teaching method that is effective will engage the students in the process of learning and also assist them in developing critical thinking and logical skills. Here are few teaching styles that you should know of.
- The authoritative lecture style
- Demonstrating the coaching style
- Displaying the facilitator or activity style
- Group style or delegator style
- Dropbox: Chances are high that you will already be familiar with this app called Dropbox. Their accompanying application and service are terrific when it becomes the best time to store and upload presentation photos, videos, assignments and anything else which you may require to access while you’re at home or you’re in the classroom. This dedicated app even allows you to create and edit MS Word files through your mobile and share links with students.
- Pocket: Education takes place both inside and outside the classroom and Pocket is an app which gives you a creative way of saving articles, checks whether they are unique through the plagiarism tools, videos and other web content which may seem to be pertinent to your future class lectures. Through this app, you can also view anything which you save offline and also present your articles with a simple readable layout.
- Duolingo: Would you want to learn a different language so that you can create your future prospects and set your career in the field of an interpreter? If answered yes, you can install Duolingo in your smartphone and help your kids learn different languages.
- Animoto: Through this app called Animoto, students can create and share their own beautiful videos with this app. Teachers love this app and they call it a simple yet powerful tool for digital storytelling. Students are allowed to choose a theme, image, music or video, add captions or a few lines as text and within a few minutes, you can create a slick video. The final product can easily be shared through the social media and also uploaded on YouTube. You can also embed the link in the online portfolio of the student.
- Instructables: From merit badges to science experiments, this app offers certain instructions for more thaan100,000 DIY projects. Are you a teacher who is looking for some help for making a classroom project? You can install the Instructables app and upload the instructions and also share such ideas.
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