Using Technology in Classrooms to Boost Productivity

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87% of parents say that effective implementation of technology is important for their child’s success and 50% label it as extremely important¹. 

This shows that even if it’s not too evident yet, technology is indeed taking over classroom teaching. Teachers and institutions are expected to use technology in classrooms to provide better education and make the whole learning process much easier.

Technology in Classrooms Is More Than BYOD

It is not just about using projectors and iPads in classrooms. There are many more ways to use technology to enhance learning process, such as

  • informative podcasts
  • 3D projectors
  • visualisation tools
  • recordkeeping software tools like excel for teachers

It may seem to require a huge upfront investment, but it is much more cost-effective in the long run. It is simple math. For example, educators can automate a number of routine tasks. This will save them precious work hours that they would spend on completing mundane tasks. And this is just the beginning.

Here are some pretty easy ways to integrating technology to boost productivity in classrooms:

1. Gamification for Happy and Effective Learning

Well, gamification is an extensively used life hack to improve and boost productivity. It can be used in the classrooms – traditional as well as online as a teaching technique to engage students.

Gamification, by definition implies using game mechanics for non-game contexts like studying . Well, it basically makes the cliche of mixing work with play – a reality though.

Don’t believe? Take a look at these startling stats:

  1. A whopping 97% of kids play computer and video games, making gamification a smart way to keep students engaged in the classroom². 
  2. 97% of teachers polled said that the gamified reading platform Whooo’s Reading motivated their students to read more³.

 While these stats confirm the importance of gamifying the learning process, here are a couple of ideas you can immediately incorporate:

  • Gamifying the grading process
  • Rewarding students with badges for things like active classroom participation, punctuality, leadership, presentations etc.
  • Including educational video games and fun quizzes into studying and classroom teaching
  • Promoting healthy competition using study tournaments
  • Using productivity tools to keep track of things like number of hours worked etc and reward them.
  • Use gamification management system using a tool like this
2. Automation – Decreasing Manual Work for Instructors

Technology is classrooms For every single assignment or assessment, instructors spend hours in documentation, recordkeeping, gathering information, grading, calculations and integrating all the subject scores into one. Fortunately, these tasks can be automated using simple technology. It will allow instructors to spend time in strategizing learning.

For example, a university uses shared contacts for Gmail feature extensively. This allows instructors and faculty members to share and sync Gmail contacts in real time.

Wondering how it helps?

Every research area involves a unique list of sponsors, suppliers and other research experts, which is maintained as Gmail contact groups by professors. Every time a new member/student joins the research, all they do is – share this list with them. And if any updates are made on the list, they are automatically updated for all the members with whom the list is sharedh.

3. Online Events and Remote Access to Faculty Around the World

Things have become easy for learners. Previously, if you lived in metropolitan cities, it was easy to attend the lectures from the best faculty. However, it seemed practically impossible to drop in for a guest lecture, if you reside in small cities or towns.

Technology helps a great deal in such a scenario. You can attend the sessions from the best educators from across the world via webinars, or online training sessions and live guest lectures even.

Another important aspect of learning is to be able to be in touch with the world. A large number of universities emphasize strongly on diversity and believe that it can significantly broaden a student’s thinking.

Educators can promote diversity by encouraging learners to participate in online events and competitions which often involve working with other learners across the globe.

Some online educational events, in fact, include assignments, where students from different parts of the world are expected to collaborate remotely and finish the assignments.

4. No Textbooks Required 

Technology not only helps learners but also educators and trainers in keeping themselves up-to-date with the changing world and new concepts, be it politics, technology and just about anything else. And that without any textbooks. The information is available online and can be accessed easily anywhere anytime.

There are several educator training or train the trainer programs available online, helping them enhance their skills. As far as learners are concerned, they have access to recorded lectures from best educators and universities around the world. 

Here are a few reasons why you (both educators and learners) must opt for digital learning:

  • Textbooks weigh a ton. It’s time to maximize learning through minimization.
  • Textbooks are expensive and perishable, whereas a digital learning tool like a computer or an Ipad is a one time investment for long term benefits.
  • Unlike textbooks, digital learning tools are easily accessible .

Think about it.

Finally, some food for thought!

“Teachers need to stop saying, ‘Hand it in,’ and start saying ‘Publish It,’ instead” – Alan November

“Our children have digital limbs. We cannot amputate them at the front door.” – Brendan Murphy

 

Sources:

  1. http://edtechreview.in/data-statistics/557-what-teachers-parents-feel-about-technology-in-classroom-infographic
  2. http://ryan-jenkins.com/2013/03/04/12-startling-gamification-stats/
  3. Learn2Earn
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Niraj is the founder of Hiver (hiverhq.com), an app that turns Gmail into a powerful customer support and collaboration tool.

Comments

  1. Leonarda Says: March 2, 2016 at 8:47 pm

    Niraj, you gave me food for good thought. I love the idea of maximizing learning through minimization, it’s simple but effective.
    I decided to minimize the amount of tools we use in classroom and leave the most useful such as a plagiarism checker because it saves my time and helps to develop student writing skills.
    Thanks for your post, keep sharing your ideas with us.

    • Thanks for writing, Leonarda. Learning through minimization is certainly a smart choice. It’s important that we get them to use tools, but it’s equally important to draw a fine line. Would hate to replace intellect with problem solving tools. Cheers, Niraj

    • Amanjot Says: March 7, 2016 at 5:28 pm

      Great article!

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