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Digital tools for teaching-related activities 

I can remember our teachers have used different techniques for preparing teaching materials and various methods for presenting the content more pictorial and interactive manner. With the digital technology, there are abundance tools available online and offline for following activities which are directly related to preparation for online, classroom-based and printed teaching materials.

1) Image capturing and editing
The software designed for image capturing or editing or performing both functions help you to obtain and create required graphics for your teaching materials. You can transform the primal pictures to advance informative graphic to compatible with your requirements.

2) Chart and graph creation
Attractive charts and graphs can be developed through online site free of charges.

3) Picture collection libraries
Ample of websites have the collections of pictures which we can use for our educational materials. No copyright violation is applicable for academic purpose usage.

4) Information sharing and storing
Online free storages are allowing us to save and share your files.

5) Animations and Simulations
Free software and web sites are available to Create free animations and simulation of the processes.

6) Presentations
The websites and software with the facilities to create attractive presentation and import to a reliable format which you use for your lectures or in the e-courses.

7) Screen capturing and recording
Free Software are available to capture the computer screen for material preparations and screen recording for creating demonstrative videos.

8) Voice Recording
These types of software can be used to add narration to your presentations and e-learning materials.

9) E-books creation
Some software allows creating e-books with the real features of a printed book.

10) Translation
Websites allow free translation of the document from one language to another.

11) Reading with annotations
Annotation is allowed in the documents you are reading online and offline.

12) Online whiteboard
Free online whiteboards are available to use for your lectures. These whiteboards are available in web conferencing software also

13) Surveying and quizzing
Surveys and assessment can be created to allow others to access online.

14) Dictionary and writing support
The software which support for writing by checking grammar and spelling issues. These types of software are essential when creating learning materials and blog posts.

15) Blogging site
Allows creating blogs for teacher and students to share one’s knowledge and views.

16) Creating E-portfolio
Various software are available to develop e-portfolios which allows assessing the students’ performance in learning.

17) Online communication
Software or apps design for synchronous and asynchronous communication can support collaborative learning.

Some of the above tools are available in present Learning Management Systems (LMS) and can be easily used to establish in an online classroom. But I am going to discuss some of the individual tools which we can apply for the accomplishment of the above tasks in the next few posts. The LMS will be explained in details later.

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Adapting technology in face-to-face classrooms

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As teachers our task to foster learning. But the learning environment should be very comfortable and attractive for the learners. The students’ experience over learning does a significant impact on a successful learning process. The learning behaviour and information acquiring method may be different from person to person. Therefore, we have to try different methodology for teaching to satisfy the learning aspects of the students’ group.

Teachers face difficulties finding the right technology based on the available facilities in their teaching environment. In the classroom, we generally use chalkboard or white board as our basic teaching aid.

Overhead Projectors

This is one of the oldest techniques used for displaying pictorial information by projecting it to a screen or wall. OHP is its acronym. But still, we can use it to show some complex illustrations for students.

Ex: Show the world map to explain about the countries or show the scientific diagram which you can’t draw on the board nicely and clearly.

Radio and sound player

Imagine you are a language teacher; you can use a sound player to play some conversations or any other audio presentation which can be used to support your teaching. The latest radio is having the features of playing CDs and files in a pen drive.  With a small effort, you can convert your classroom environment to a more interactive area. If you can’t find a sound player, either you can use a tab or a mobile phone.

CD Player and TV

If your school or educational institution has a recreation area where a CD player and a TV is available. An educational video which is relevant to your lesson provides an opportunity for the students to get the authentic education by sensing the real situation. It also helps you to explain the lesson by pointing the real scenarios.

Ex: In a situation, you are explaining about “Tidal waves”, plenty of “YouTube videos” are available with a real capture of tidal waves.

Computer and Projector

If you are having a computer (laptop) with a projector which you can use in the classroom, get ready for a transformation. I am listing few techniques which I use in my teaching.

Summarise your note to a presentation

Use a presentation software to create a summary of your notes to display when you are explaining the subject content. You can use pictures, videos, tables and illustrations in your presentation as well. You can easily find a presentation software online and downloadable.  I will discuss the available presentation software in a next post.

Use pictures or illustration

You can design illustrations and diagrams to explain the complex scenarios and process using a drawing a tool. If you are teaching a computer subject, screen capturing software will be very helpful to capture the screen from the computer.

Create simulations and animations

You can create simple animations to interpret a process clearly. There are several animation software available online or downloading.

Create videos

You can create videos by capturing the computer screen. This option may be very useful when creating software demonstration or a presentation. Several video capturing software are available for free or a reasonable price. There are online sites also provide creating a short video.

Interactive White Boards

This is a form of whiteboard but with much features of creating different illustrations as a touchscreen. Most of the whiteboard can be connected to a computer. It can be easily operated using our hand similarly we are using a normal whiteboard.

 

There may be several other tools which we can use in the classroom. You might be able to find those by doing a search on the Internet. I hope now you are aware that with the help of the technological tools we can change our classroom into a technology-facilitated learning environment.

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What is your teaching environment?

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Before applying the technology, you have to understand the existing teaching environment, facilities in your classroom and the students’ competence of the available equipment and technology.

Teaching environment of a classroom can be classified based on its different characteristics.  Instruction deliverance is one of the main characters which can formulate a diversified  learning environment.  I used the following diagram to depict the classroom environments which we are commonly available.

If you are still having a fully traditional based face-to-face teaching environment we can easily convert it to a Technology facilitated teaching environment if you have a computer and a projector in the lecture rooms. If that computer is connected to the Internet, you can perfectly change your classroom to a modest technology-based class.

You don’t need to spend extra money but your time and need be innovative with high commitment. So think differently and act differently to be a Net Generation teacher.

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Teaching, What exactly it is?

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I had a dream to become a teacher from my school days. I can remember How I shared my knowledge with my colleague from the very small age.

I always wanted to add some more facts what I learned, when I was teaching other fellow students. Sometimes I added my imaginations to build the stories. Therefore I have been caught telling some unrealistic or false information to my friends. I may have done so, that was my imagination.

I believed teaching is not just transferring knowledge from one person to another. Teaching is a complex term very difficult to define or interpret. That is why people use metaphors to interpret the term “teaching” and “teacher”.

In my point of view, teaching is guiding, interacting, motivating, information passing, imitating, role-playing, parenting, counseling, instructing, demonstrating and so on. It is not just one task. It is a repetitive multi-tasking process which requires high commitment.

The teaching process has been evolved during the past two decades with the advancements of the Information and Communication Technology (ICT).  The present generation literally referred as “Net Generation”[1] or “Google Generation”[2]   is born with the technology and live with the technology. It makes a gap between technological students and non-technological teachers since both parties not having a common communication protocol. Therefore as teachers, we have to change our teaching behaviour for making good relationship with the students. Technology adopting to our learning practices can minimise the gap between teachers and students.

I would like to discuss my experiences, experiments and innovative ideas on teaching with technology in the next few articles. You are free to comment, discuss, correct or add your thoughts which always can encourage me.

 

 

References

[1] John Sandars & Catriona Morrison (2009) What is the Net Generation? The challenge for future medical education, Medical Teacher, 29:2-3, 85-88, DOI: 10.1080/01421590601176380

[2] Dr. Ian Rowlands, “Google Generation, A Crisis of Information Literacy? “, Available at http://stadium.open.ac.uk/stadia/preview.php?s=31&whichevent=1173

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