Quick and Easy Ways to Use Technology in Classroom

Quick and Easy Ways to Use Technology in Classroom

student-with-ipad-technology-in-the-classroom1If you’re one of those teachers who want to challenge yourself this school year, you may want to start using technology in class. Technology can help improve student involvement and a great way to keep them engaged. So we put together some quick and easy way that you can start using technology in class!

Create a class website

One of the benefits of a creating a website is the increased communication between you, students and parents. A class website can be anything from an online bulletin board to a class blog with class materials. If you want to start building your own class website, here is a list of platforms that you may want to try out.

Create a class game using PowerPoint

Many teachers use PowerPoint to create fun review games based on famous game shows, like “Jeopardy!” And “Who Wants to be a Millionaire?” It is up to you to be creative. Not only does it get your students excited about reviews, it can help them figure out what they need to study! Here are some templates that you can use for these games: PowerPoint Games and PowerPoint Review Games Template.

Use social media

If you’re more tech-savvy, you can create a class Twitter account or class Instagram account. Many teachers are leveraging these tools to be more involved with their students and their parents. Check out some of the ways you can use Twitter and Instagram.

No matter how you plan to use technology in class, always remember to have fun!

Until next time,

Eva D.

The Voki Team

1560505_10152516453053764_8553617582835278394_nBio: Eva is the Community Manager for Voki and is part of the Marketing Team at Oddcast. She enjoys playing the piano and knitting on her free time. (She’s also a Rubik’s cube master!) She loves to hear your feedback and comments for Voki!

Tips on Remembering Your Students’ Names

Tips on Remembering Your Students’ Names

School is starting soon and that means a new group of students will be coming into your class! Unfortunately, some teachers might have problems remember names and faces. Let’s face it, if you’re a teacher with 50 (or more) students, you’ll probably have some trouble remembering all their names!

But don’t worry; we have tricks that you use to remember their names! Let’s get started!

Assign seats

On the first day of class, assign your students to seats. Have them sit in the same seats for the first few weeks of school until you are able to remember their names. You can seat them alphabetically; or, you can create a seating chart and post it up on the board.

Make name cards

Making name cards is the easiest way to remember your students’ names. Have your students create name cards and place it on their desk during class. They can also decorate the name cards to make the activity more fun! Before the class ends, collect the name cards. Test yourself the next day by handing out the name cards to you students.

Play a name game

Playing a game is a great icebreaker for a new class. Not only that it is a good way for your new students to get comfortable with the class, it gives them a chance to know each other! Students can come up with an adjective (have to be the same letter as their name) to describe themselves, i.e. Funny Fanny, Silly Sally, Crazy Craig. Each student will have a chance to participate. The first student will give his/her name (along with the adjective. Then the second person will repeat the first person’s student and give his/her name. The third student will recite each name from the beginning and adding their own. The last person to go should be you, the teacher!

What other tricks do you have for remember students’ names? Let us know!

Until next time,

Eva D.

The Voki Team

1560505_10152516453053764_8553617582835278394_nBio: Eva is the Community Manager for Voki and is part of the Marketing Team at Oddcast. She enjoys playing the piano and knitting on her free time. (She’s also a Rubik’s cube master!) She loves to hear your feedback and comments for Voki!

Ways to use Twitter in Class

Ways to use Twitter in Class

2a1c1d8If you use Twitter in class, raise your hand! Last week, we have a post on the ways to engage students with technology and one of the ways is to use Twitter in class. So today, we will be expanding this topic a little more!

As you know, many educators found innovative ways to use Twitter with their students. For those you use it, it is a very useful (and powerful) tool. If you don’t use it, here are some ways that you can use Twitter in class.

 Twitter discussions after class.

Do you ever feel like there’s not enough hours in a day to teach a lesson? The lesson doesn’t have to end just because class is over. You can hold Twitter discussions online with your students. Tweet out discussions questions and encourage your students to participate!

Class announcements on Twitter.

Quiz next Monday? Class trip to the local art museum is cancelled? Or to remind them that school is closed on Wednesday? Twitter is the perfect place to make these announcements. It keeps students up-to-date with the latest classroom news. If you’re using Twitter with younger students, it can also keep parents informed about upcoming classroom events!

Share useful information.

Don’t limit your students’ knowledge with just the readings assigned for homework. If you find a relevant article or an interesting video, tweet it out to them. Or, if you find some materials that can help them clarify some topics or questions, tweet it out too! It can be articles, videos, pictures, anything!

 Practice writing skills on Twitter.

Even though Twitter offers a 140-character limit, this doesn’t mean students can’t practice their writing skills. What’s even better is that you can encourage students to write creatively while staying within the character limit. TeachThought offers some writing activities that you can use with students, which includes vocabulary building and grammar review.

We are interested in learning how you use Twitter in class! Tweet it to us @officialvoki!

Until next time,

Eva D.

The Voki Team

1560505_10152516453053764_8553617582835278394_nBio: Eva is the Community Manager for Voki and is part of the Marketing Team at Oddcast. She enjoys playing the piano and knitting on her free time. (She’s also a Rubik’s cube master!) She loves to hear your feedback and comments for Voki!

Ways to Engage Students with Technology

Ways to Engage Students with Technology

It is important to have a class structured around student involvement and helping them focus on what’s important. Technology is a great way to engage your students in class and many educators are beginning to adopt different type of technology within their classes. Let’s see how you can engage your students with technology:

Tweet it! (Using Twitter)

Many students and their parents are using Twitter on their free time. Because of this, a lot of educators have taken advantage of Twitter. What do they use Twitter for? They use it to keep their students well-informed and engaged. It also allowed educators to communicate important information with parents. Since Twitter only allows messages up to 140 characters, students will have to find creative ways to get their messages across!

Some great examples of educators using Twitter is Mrs. Kilgo’s Class, who tweet out news and important announcements, and Room Eleven, which allows students to take charge of the Twitter account and tweet!

Samantha Miller, from TeachHub, came up with 50 different ways for educators to use Twitter in their classroom. Let us know which one you are planning to use!

There’s an app for that! (Using apps)

Yes, there’s definitely an app for this. There are many educational apps within the App Store and GooglePlay that you can use in class. And we definitely know the pain of trying to find the right one. So we will save you some times and have the list for you, right here:

If you’re an Apple lover, here’s 55 Education Apps to use with your students (free, of course).

If you’re an Android geek, here’s 50 Education Apps for you to use!

If you have a favorite app that you love to use in class, just share it with us!

Hey, look at me! (Using visual aids)

If you have more visual learners in your class, it might be useful for you to use videos in class. After all, approximately 65% of the population is visual learners. Visual learners are those who learn materials by seeing them with visuals like graphs, videos, diagrams, etc. So using sites, such as YouTube or PowerPoint, can help you effectively explain certain concepts and ideas to the class. (Also, it’ll keep easily-bored students entertained!)

Until next time,

Eva D.

The Voki Team

1560505_10152516453053764_8553617582835278394_nBio: Eva is the Community Manager for Voki and is part of the Marketing Team at Oddcast. She enjoys playing the piano and knitting on her free time. (She’s also a Rubik’s cube master!) She loves to hear your feedback and comments for Voki!