In my view, educational technology supplementsand supports an already meaningful, developmentally appropriate and engaging lesson.
Online Teaching Platforms
Teaching online has become a reality for many in the education community. I have become proficient using Microsoft Teams, Zoom, Google Meet, Adobe Connect, Padlet Drive among others. These platforms allow my students to access learning materials in real time, store assignments, and allow me to connect and teach my students effectively even in unpredictable times.
Gamification of Challenging Concepts
I regularly use gamification of math and reading to enhance student engagement, decrease frustration or boredom, and collect data on student performance. Some of the online activities and apps I use regularly are Education.com, Iknowit.com, Starfall, Reading A-Z, Osmo, Plant Love Grow, and other interactive sites.
Communicating with Parents
Communication with parents and working as a team to optimize student learning in extremely important to me. I use Class Dojo to communicate with parents, maintain behavior charts and for daily classroom management.
The Microsoft Office suite including TEAMS, Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook and many others is a great resource for both the teacher and students. They are vital components to succeeding in the modern-day classroom. Typing written reports with Word, appealing to visual learners in your class with PowerPoint, uploading student grades into a pristinelyorganized and efficient spreadsheet with Excel, or getting in touchwith your colleagues using Outlook are all made easy with the mastery of the Microsoft Office!
Quicktime screencast is a great option to self-record or record a specific task on your computer. These tasks can be recorded, saved, and uploaded directly so that your students can view your product. This is ideal for recording yourself explaining assignment instructions if you are unable to be in class, or recording a sequence of tasks on the computer that your students need to replicate. This is a great option that can save you tons of time rather than explaining the task on an individual basis to each student.