Teaching Students to Love Learning: Technology in the Classroom

Effective integration and use of technology in the classroom takes time. I am a primary teacher from the Czech Republic, and I don’t often meet teachers who use tablets during their lessons. I use one and find it very effective and engaging for students. As such, I thought I’d share my story.

At the beginning of this school year 2015/16, I invited parents of my 7-year-olds to an unusual parents evening. They were to bring their tablets, smartphones and other devices that are able to connect to our school Wi-Fi network. They had no trouble using the SMART Shout It Out activity – part of the SMART Learning Suite – and they really appreciated the idea of learning with new technologies. They were so thrilled and agreed to provide their children their own devices to study once a week like this – in a virtual class.

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In the first lesson, I taught the little pupils how to connect to our school Wi-Fi. This small step required a lot of patience, but it absolutely paid off. The next time, the children connected on their own.

In October, we started to work with just a handful of devices in the classroom. Now, we have BYOD Fridays, which is awesome because we usually have 15 – 18 devices available! Other days we work in groups with school tablets. It is fantastic watching the children helping each other to use technology, explaining how to write some symbols, how some applications work and what should they do to finish the task.

Some Easy-to-use Applications

It is not difficult at all for these little children to use Shout It Out, even the sorting version is very easy for them.

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My tip for intermediate users is to turn off the board and let children to write short sentences. Finally you can read many ideas and compare them. If there is a mistake, you can use the trash can to remove the incorrect answer.

Another idea is to create a fairy tale together, each group can send a sentence, but first they have to read the contributions of their classmates.

Generally you can compete with Shout It Out. It is a very good tool for group work, brainstorming activities, reading activities and you can support their creativity and let them express their own opinions.

Other Education Tools to Try

Quiver

In school, it is also important to improve the soft skills of our pupils. That is why I presented to my children Quiver and augmented reality. This application that I uploaded into my smartphone is fantastic. Children now love colouring in my class. They can watch their pictures moving thanks to Quiver, and it motivates them to colour their pictures very well.

My advice for beginners in using tablets in class is to observe Quiver and print some handouts. There are also plenty of pictures appropriate for secondary school.

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Kahoot

For improving reading skills you can work with quizzes that you can prepare at Kahoot. Children compete in their knowledge and increase their pace of reading as well as understanding.

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And More

At the beginning of December we took part in Hour of Code, where the children could program their favourite game, like Minecraft or Star Wars. I was really proud of them, because in one hour they solved many riddles and above all they connected the text with reality. They could visualize what they programmed and strengthen their logical thinking and 3D imagination.

I hope that you can see now the advantages of using technologies in your lessons. It can accomplish many skills of children and what is very important for me is the fact that children LOVE LEARNING AND LOVE SCHOOL because every lesson with technologies is different, but all the time amusing.

Let your students play Shout It Out. Discover SMART Learning Suite today.

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Martina Vokounova
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About Martina Vokounova

Martina Vokounová lives and teaches in the Czech Republic. She is also a SMART Exemplary Educator.

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9 thoughts on “Teaching Students to Love Learning: Technology in the Classroom

  1. Both Kahoot and Shout it out are two simple and fun activity builders that are fun and engaging for students at all levels. I personally have used both. Shout it out gives students the opportunity to use their personal devices to show what they have learned in a creative and personal way at the application level. This entry presented the Quiver and print handouts, which blew my mind. The videos provided by the links are very good. Now I have to find a way to use it in my classes. I am think about using their colored pictures in motion as writing prompts.

  2. Thank You Martina for sharing,
    I just took a workshop about using little bits in the classroom. I think that this is something you would also enjoy using.
    Little bits help incorporate STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) into your lessons. One group used poetry “Bad Cold” to inspire children to make/build something that works and moves that relates to the poem.
    I also heard all about Quiver at this workshop but forgot the name. Thanks for sharing- it is a bit expensive ($7.99) but I teach science and would like to find a way to incorporate it into my lessons. Aurasma is also AWESOME- it makes your still photos or projects come to life! Janine Lalande- at the Solomon Schechter School of Queens

  3. Wonderful article! I love understanding how you brought the technology to the parents first to increase support from home with BYOD.

  4. I love Kahoot. The only problem is I have no portable devices so it is hard to use. I am going to look at Shout it Out. Love the idea of BYOD Fridays.

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