What Technology can be Used to Increase Student Participation and Confidence?
The importance of increasing student confidence is undeniable. But sometimes, just knowing the facts isn't enough — you have to take action.
So… how do you do that, exactly? Figuring that part out can be challenging.
We'll give you a hint: technology is your friend.
Here, we'll give you some pointers on how to use technology to your advantage to drive student confidence up, facilitate the learning process and increase your classroom engagement.
Foster a collaborative learning environment
Let's be honest — who wants to stand in front of a room of his or her classmates alone? It's much less intimidating to get up in front of a class with a group of friends by your side. The large screens that certain technology products offer will allow multiple students to stand at the board at once, whether they're presenting or just working on a task.
Complete educational games and computer-aided missions
Games and other technology-rich tasks will develop students' presentation skills and increase their confidence tenfold in the process. Few things are more satisfying and rewarding than finishing a job and knowing you've been able to execute it to the best of your ability.
Use the right tools, at the right time, in the right way
Being aware of what tools are available to you as an educator, as well as knowing when and how to use them, are both vital components to the process of learning through technology. Having an arsenal of tools at your disposal won't do you any good if you don't know what to do with them.
With technology, students can use a calculator to solve a complicated problem. They can experience the advancement of handwriting recognition technology that turns even the messiest of chicken scratch into typed text. They can even annotate on an image to more clearly articulate their message to their peers.
The possibilities are endless. So what are you waiting for?
It's time to step into the 21st century with classroom technology.
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