Basic Classroom Technology That Every Teacher Should Have

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The 21st Century has been an explosion of technological advancement and schools have not been left out of this revolution. Classroom technology has become increasingly more popular. The following five basic technological tools are must-haves in every classroom today. Each tool provides teachers with new ways to actively engage their students in the learning process. Today's students are digital natives.

They were born into a world surrounded by technology, understand how to use it, and typically learn best when they are able to interact directly with technology. There is no denying that utilizing basic classroom technology has the potential to improve educational outcomes.

The Internet

The internet is arguably the greatest technological invention of all time. Its capabilities have provided resources to teachers that were unimaginable just a generation ago. There are so many potential educational applications available on the Internet that it is impossible for a single teacher to tap into all of them. Teachers must explore the internet to find components that they believe will enhance and improve what they teach and how they teach it.

The internet has allowed teachers and students voyages and adventure into realms that would not otherwise be possible. It provides information both beneficial and detrimental to students with easier access than ever with a simple click.

The information available to students online is vast. Teachers who use it appropriately can actively engage their students on a daily basis in ways never imagined a short time ago. Perhaps the most beneficial component of the Internet for teachers is that its massive library of lessons, activities, suggestions, and guidelines that they can utilize in their classroom.

Never before in the history of education has planning been easier than it is now, thanks to the internet.

LCD Projector

A mounted LCD projector allows a teacher the opportunity to share activities, videos, PowerPoint presentations, etc. from their computer with the whole class. In the technological age, an LCD projector is a must have in a classroom. It is a powerful tool because it allows a single computer to become a powerful tool in a large group setting. A teacher can put an entire lesson together on a PowerPoint presentation and actively engage their students in the lesson by putting it up on the LCD projector. Research has proven that this generation of students responds to a technology-based approach.

Document Camera

A document camera works in conjunction with your LCD projector. A document camera essentially has taken the place of the old overhead projectors. With a document camera, you no longer need transparencies. You simply put the document you want to show your students under the camera, and it is shot up on the screen through your LCD projector. Once it is up on the screen, you can use the camera to take a screen shot of the document and save it directly to your computer for later or just use the live version.

A document camera also allows you to place diagrams, charts, textbooks , etc. on a large screen so that all your students can see the images, passages, etc. at one time. The camera also broadcasts in color, so if you want to show your students an example of anything in color, they will see what the original looks like.

Smartboard

Smartboards are becoming increasingly popular. Students love to interact with technology-based educational tools. A smart board takes the place of a traditional chalkboard or whiteboard. It is essentially a whiteboard with technological capabilities that allow you and your students to interact in ways they had previously not been able too. Teachers can create engaging, active lessons using the many tools that a smart board provides. They can transpose diagrams, charts, and templates, have students come up and actively participate in the lesson, and then print anything such as notes that were completed on a particular day and given to students as a handout.

Learning to use a smart board correctly does require some training, but teachers who use them regularly say that notice their students are enthusiastic when they create a lesson that implements the smart board.

Digital Camera

Digital cameras have been around for a while, but you do not often find them used in a classroom setting. Today’s digital cameras also have video capabilities that could bring another dimension to your classroom. A digital camera could be used in a variety of ways to engage students in the learning process. A science teacher may have students take pictures of different trees that can be found within their community. Then the students identify those trees from the pictures and build a PowerPoint presentation giving more information about each specific type of tree. An English teacher could assign her students to act out one scene from Romeo and Juliet and then record that scene to play back and discuss different aspects of that particular scene. Teachers who use this technology find that students will work hard to learn because they enjoy the interaction with the camera and the fact that it is a different style of teaching and learning.