Are you still traumatized by your first experience using an interactive whiteboard in the classroom or attempt to share a screen in an online class? Don’t let small tech glitches prevent you from stepping into the 21st century classroom. With these 2 simple apps, you will look like a pro even if it is your first time using digital tools. And the best part, they are free to use!
Do I have to?
What would you say to a student retreating from an activity because of anxiety or lack of motivation? Now give yourself the same pep talk. As professionals teaching in the information age, it is our responsibility to learn to use tools and apps to promote communication, collaboration and critical thinking in the classroom. Student engagement and motivation will improve when you bring something other than a worksheet or textbook into the learning arena.
Believe it or not, using tools to create your own materials will save you time. The time it takes you to try and find the perfect audio clip for a low-level student, or an authentic-sounding dialogue for your advanced students, you could have made one yourself!
The same goes for quizzes and assessments. Stop trying to locate the ideal quiz that doesn’t include exceptions to the rule that could confuse your class. When you are in control of the content, you can save time and yes, even prevent scary grammar questions you are not ready to answer!
Vocaroo is a simple-to-use online…