Three Suggestions to Help You Use Technology in Your Classroom

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Technological innovations, such as a VESA mount for an iPad, can really improve students’ educational experience, from kindergarten through college. At the same time, using technology in the classroom can be an abysmal failure. Much of the success or failure of the using technology depends on how the educator handles it in the classroom. Following are three tips for using technology wisely:
Establish a routine.
Prepare a non-tech backup.
Take advantage of suitable accessories.

Establish a Routine
Most students would be thrilled to have access to an iPad or to have their teachers use one during class. This excitement, however, can quickly lead to chaos. As with all effective teaching, using tablets and other technology requires a routine. For example, you might want the students to solve a problem over the network first thing in the morning and then put the tablet away. If so, do it every single time. Then it will be easier for them to comply with putting away the technology.

Prepare a Non-Tech Backup
We’ve all been in presentations that were put on hold because the presenter couldn’t get the computer or video to work. While we understand excuses such as these, it is difficult to keep the groups’ attention and bring them back to focus when the problem has been resolved. As difficult as it is with adults, it is more difficult with children. If you cannot get the technology working within a minute or so, you need to abandon that particular slide show and move on. Being prepared with a backup is essential.

Take Advantage of Appropriate Accessories
Computers and tablets have wonderful accessories that you can use to enhance their function. For instance, you can use a VESA mount iPad or a projector that will pick up images and display them on a screen in the front of the classroom. Different accessories will allow you to walk around the room and still be heard. You can also stop at a student’s desk and ask him or her to solve a problem on the tablet you are holding. As he or she writes, the solution will appear on the screen at the front of the room. Using approaches such as these will help maintain your students’ attention.

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