When talking about initiatives like the flipped classroom and distance learning, it can be easy to get lost in a sea of online resources as you search for the perfect lesson video. However, the media you’re looking for might just be a short recording away! Making classroom videos is more accessible than ever, as most cell phones and tablets offer high-resolution cameras that are appropriate for recording lectures and other materials. Many phones will automatically save your videos in a format that is ready to upload straight to YouTube or other social media sites. Remember, students aren’t the only ones who get to use their devices in the classroom!
Using iPads and other tablets are a great way to bring technology in the classroom, but it is easy to discredit the usefulness of these devices. While they offer many games and activities for practicing concepts, the real value in tablets is how students can use them to create media! Have students publish an e-book they can take home with them as a grammar lesson, or create a podcast for a social studies debate; there are many low-cost or free apps (Scribble Press, Caster) students can use to produce these high-level cognitive exercises.
Going forward, I’m going to be having a new topic for discussion each month– starting with Interactive Whiteboards in October! While I’ll still be posting up anything interesting that I find, this should deliver some focused content on a bi-weekly basis.
The next few posts will be some of my favorite highlights from our KET newsletter “Tech Teaching Tips,” most of which I hope to elaborate on in coming months!