Maintaining classroom attention, whether you are a grade school teacher or a college professor, is never an easy task, and since the advent of smartphones and social media, it has become even harder. However, teachers can one up their students and regain their attention by simply incorporating the technology they love so dearly into their everyday lesson plans.
A few great ways to begin your online classroom lessons can be:
Take a Virtual Field Trip
While every teacher would love to take their classroom to great art museums and national natural history museums, many school budgets have been cut and are therefore unable to allow for such expensive adventures. However, that doesn’t mean that teachers have to forgo learning outside the classroom.
With sites such as the Google Art Project, teachers can now take their students through exhibitions at some of the world’s leading art museums including the Louvre and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. You’ll be able to find such amazing work as Claude Monet’s famous painting depicting a Japanese Footbridge. Simply dim the lights and let your students explore some of the most famous art selections around them.
Prompt a Debate
When it comes to striking conversation or debate in a classroom, many teachers struggle with prompting their students to do so. This is usually no fault of the teacher, simply a basic unawareness that many students have for controversial notions or current events around them.
To help your students strike about debates or push the envelope even further, consider having them watch a TED Talk. TED TV consists of some of the world’s foremost minds in terms of science, society, creativity, technology, and psychology, and is a great way to open your students to a whole new world of thought. Simply pick a talk that complements your current lesson, have the classroom watch, and then ask them how they felt about it. You’ll be sure to have a debate in no time.
Engage Other Virtual Classrooms
Through forums on Wikiversity, teachers can being other students, and therefore other ideas, right into the classroom. There students can join other students, whether they be attending colleges in Miami Florida or high school in New York, to attend online lectures and then further discuss them with their fellow virtual classmates. Not only does this give teachers a way to supplement their own lessons, but it creates a strong learning atmosphere for students.
When it comes to bringing the best education possible to your students, there is no reason not to include the internet. Not only are there several sites that can complement your own lessons, but this type of technology is what students need to be familiar with in order to succeed in the future.
So if you are looking for a fun way to liven up the classroom, look no further than the internet.