It goes without saying, teaching is a selfless job. The demanding hours and the lack of resources take up most of the struggles teachers have to carry. However, it doesn’t end there.
As if competing for distracted students’ attention isn’t hard enough, there are also stacks of papers that needed grading, sorting, and reading. Granted, it’s a major part of their profession, but even teachers do not deserve tasks as taxing as that, especially after a long day of classes.
If spun the right way, however, playing catch up with today’s technologies could work marvels on teachers and students. Well executed incorporation of technology and going paperless in classrooms could be beneficial in terms of innovative learning and money saving initiatives.
That’s right; technology doesn’t necessarily have to be a foe. Wondering how you could make it work for your class?
Read up on how modern tools can be utilized for advanced, interactive, and environment-friendly education below:
Establish your online presence
Since almost everyone is online all the time, why not turn that into an advantage?
Start by giving activities that can be accessed on the internet. Some examples are researching, curating, reading or writing together online. Building an online group for the class is good too! It lets the students get the best use of their time, making communication easier for everyone involved.
What’s more, efficient consumption of paper can be practiced if the activities are mostly accessible on the Internet. High-five, mother earth!
Do the good ‘ol PowerPoint presentations
Worry not, even if you’re not tech-savvy, PowerPoint presentations are fairly easy to do. Lectures can come in this technique, and students can be directed to do their reporting the same way. You can have a little fun doing the slides with the program’s options. This way, the use of papers (Manila, art, or colored) could decrease significantly, and the presentations could be disseminated conveniently.
Multimedia materials help adapt multiple learning techniques
Don’t get us wrong, the traditional tools of learning are never going to lose their impact. But, comprising new methods of teaching could also help improve the expenditure on papers. Students consume so much content and information through minutes of scrolling on their social media accounts. So, tools like podcasts, video articles, short films, and virtual experiences can surely become educational in their respective forms.
Various resources have always been present to help educators give the fullest of efforts on their jobs. If these measures can contribute in conserving money and paper by going digital, the best thing to do is slowly adapt the changes and ease it in the classrooms’ customs respectively.
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