Try some NEW TECH in your class!
Now is the perfect time! Don't believe me? - keep reading!
- "It's already 4th quarter, why start now?"
- "I don't have the time!"
- "We have too much left to cover!"
- "I don't have the energy to learn something new."
- and the list can go on...
However, now is really the BEST time to try something new! Why?
- You already know your students well - who else would be better to help you test something out in the classroom setting? (And just use your one best class if you want!)
- If it works out, you have a new tool to use next year that you know will WOW your new students!
- If it doesn't work out, you won't start the year with something that is terrible.
- Students are tired now, too - reinvigorate them (and yourself) with something different and exciting!
- Students are still expected to learn new things now - be a role model and show them you are willing to learn now, too!
Okay, you've convinced me! But what can I do?
If you don't have any ideas off the top of your head, there are TONS of possibilities! Just to name a few:
- try an iMovie or Explain Everything project
- do a QR code scavenger hunt
- start blogging (or having your students blog)
- try a flipped lesson
- begin using Edmodo to go more paperless (if you don't already)
- create a webquest activity
- create a Prezi instead of Powerpoint for giving students information
- use Blendspace to create a lesson for students to work through
- create a video based quiz using EdPuzzle
- use Tellagami to create a cartoon with your voice (or let your students use it)
- or lots of other possibilities...
Can I get some help with this?
She can help you:
- come up with an idea for a new tech project (no really, you don't even have to have an idea yet!)
- guide you and your students as you learn the ins and outs of new tech tools
- feel more comfortable implementing something new
- troubleshoot if something goes wrong
Remember: You don't have to be a tech expert to use technology in your classroom. Your expertise is your content and your standards!
And if you can't reach Heather, try talking to a TTL or a colleague about some ideas. You have plenty of resources available to you - you don't have to travel the path of technology alone!