Ways to Challenge Yourself as a Teacher

Ways to Challenge Yourself as a Teacher

We should always challenge ourselves to learn more. As a teacher in the new technology era, you have to constantly adapt to the ever-changing technological environment and continuously challenge yourself (and your students) in the classroom. TeachThought came up with 50 different ways to challenge you as a teacher and here’s out top 3 favorite ones:

#14. Present at a state or national conference by yourself.

Your students are presenting in front of their peers, so why can’t you? Lead by example! Attending conferences (local, state, or national) is a great way for you to learn and network. If you’re presenting at the conference, even better! By presenting, you can share your experience with other educators and help others by providing valuable ideas and suggestions.

#25. Smile at every student, every day.

We all have that one rough day: forgetting to set the alarm the night before, missing the first train, spilling coffee on your new shirt, losing all your hard work because your computer decided to crash. It may be hard to smile all the time but it’s worth a try! After all it takes fewer muscles to smile than frown! Smiling is a very powerful tool. It is a subtle message that shows that you are kind and polite. Also, smiling puts nervous students at ease because it tells them that everything is going to be ok!

#47. Videotape yourself teaching and share it with the world.

Have some good materials to share? Want feedback on your teaching style or lesson? Have a great class that you wanted the entire world to see? Record it and share it with everyone! You can share it on YouTube, your personal blog, or any social media sites. Not only that this is a good way to get feedback, it’s a great way to pinpoint what you can do better next time. (Don’t forget to share the video with us if you’re using Voki in class!)

Which ways are you planning to challenge yourself this upcoming school year? Let us know below! If you have other ways that other teachers can challenge themselves in class, share it with us here!

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!

I Am a Tech-Savvy Teacher!

I Am a Tech-Savvy Teacher!

It’s not easy being a teacher. But what about a tech-savvy teacher? There are tons of applications, tools, and sites out there that teachers are beginning to use in class: Google Maps, EduBlogs, BrainPop, Wikispaces, etc. (Now, let’s not forget about Voki!)

We spotted a checklist from DailyGenius this week that lists out the 10 signs that you are a tech-savvy teacher. It includes having students read your blog, preparing for twitter chats, attending conferences and keepings up to date with the newest tech! Let’s go ahead take a look at them here: http://dailygenius.com/tech-savvy-teacher/

But we’re adding 2 more signs of a tech-savvy teacher; let us know if you agree:

  1. You embrace gaming inside your classroom. Gaming not limited to just OUTSIDE the classroom. You constantly use games, such as Angry Bird and Minecraft, to teach math, teamwork, science, etc. You understand that students are now growing up in an era where they spend most of their time on videogames and computers. You use it to help student explore and be curious about the world around them.
  2. You have A LOT of class trips without leaving the classroom. You and your class visits the most exotic places on Earth: The Great Wall of China, Pyramid of Giza, Taj Mahal. You use applications like Google Maps/Google Earth with your students to explore different parts of the world and learn!

But being a tech-savvy teacher also means that you need certain skills. There are some skills that you can acquire before your next project! Some of the skills include always looking for new learning opportunities, the importance of real world applications in eLearning, and committing to the best learning experience EVER! Check out this article here to see if you have those skills needed: http://elearningindustry.com/top-10-elearning-skills-elearning-professionals

Here at Voki, we think that the most important skill is communicating and keeping up with new tools and applications. It is important to receive good (and bad) feedback. These feedbacks allow learners (and us!) to change and try to get the most out of the user experience. All tech-savvy teachers should keep up with new tools and applications. You will have in depth knowledge of how these new tools and be combined with others and how it can fit into your lessons and your students’ learning process!

So… Are you a tech-savvy teacher? Do you have what it takes to be one? Let us know in the comments below!

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!