Technology is ever-evolving and difficult to keep track of, but low-tech classrooms can be just as or even more than a high technology environment
- Rapid advancements in technology and the wealth of available e-learning tools can be really overwhelming. After going to tech conferences or reading any recent educational blogs, it's hard not to feel like you're always one step behind, or that you're doing a disservice to your students by not taking advantage of all the resources out there. Or perhaps your school or district simply doesn't have the budget for the latest cutting-edge technology. And you feel as though you and your students have no choice but to be left behind. But no amount of technology can replace the role of an educator.
In the end, great instruction is what really matters. In fact, a common pitfall of using the latest and greatest technologies is the tendency to rely on those technologies as substitutes for your instruction. The consequences of this can be a lack of meaningful reflection or interactions for students, an unorganized flow of activities, and lessons in which learners are more focused on the technology itself rather than learning the content it was intended to teach. Said by Bill Gates, "Technology is just a tool. "In terms of getting the kids working together "and motivating them, the teacher "is the most important." The fact is, you can create exceptional learning experiences with little to no technology at hand.
And what's great about a PowerPoint presentation is it's a fairly low-tech method that can profoundly enhance your classroom lessons and activities.
Join Faith Brill as she demonstrates how to create dynamic, student-centered, hands-on learning activities using PowerPoint. If you've used PowerPoint as a book replacement in the past, learn how to transition to using it as a tool, enhancing your instruction with discussion, activities, and multimedia. Get ready to try new techniques so you can embed these new approaches into your practice. This course helps teachers of any grade level, K–12 and higher ed, to move beyond passive teaching with bullet points to teaching with interactive lessons that engage students.
- Transition from traditional use of PowerPoint to dynamic use
- Use speaker notes
- Design effective teaching slides
- Evaluate and revise your classroom setup
- Create activities in PowerPoint
- Teach using games
- Organize your day and your curriculum