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Technology makes a lot of things so much easier. However, getting it all set up and ready to go can take a lot of time. For example, downloading images to project on a screen in advance, or loading jump drives and opening programs can be very time consuming. Fortunately, there are tools available that can help you to create an interactive classroom. Read for ideas on how to do that.
There are several ways that students can respond to questions you are asking. Rather than just asking a question and waiting for a raise of hands, you can require them all to answer your question using technology. There are clicker remotes available for quizzes and tests, which you register to individual students. You can also have students send their answer or their vote via text message to a certain number that you’ve set up in advance. You can have them email you the answer from their wireless device.
One great way to use technology is to share student work or student answers instantly. This can be done with a document camera, but again this takes a long time to have students walk to the front of the room. You’ve probably seen devices like the Apple TV, which lets everyone in the room broadcast their picture or file to the television for everyone to see at once. There are such tools available for technology. This allows students to wirelessly share their work, presentation, or whatever with a simple touch or click without having to get up or load anything. Whether these devices are owned by the teacher and kept in class, or you have a method for every student to be involved, this is a great chance to share work technologically.
If you use clickers or any kind of remote access with your students, it enables you to roam about the classroom freely. You can even turn off and on some students’ capabilities if they are abusing the privilege of using technology. Those with smart phones, tablets, and laptops can all participate in this kind of interactive classroom, which is sure to enrich their education.