Technology in the Classroom

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The Internet in the Classroom

The internet is a big part of our daily lives but it is often difficult to think of educational activities within the classroom using this technology. What's even more difficult is how this is implemented in a manageable way that supports student learning effectively.Technology in the classroom gives opportunities to teachers and students. Classes now have access to various resources and information in just one click. The role of the educator has evolved. Now they are charged with giving the necessary support to students. The internet is something that can complement and assist teachers in the communication of knowledge in and outside of the classroom.For these educational activities to be successful, we want to share some of our tips for teachers!1. BehaviorThe online environment is filled with information. This in itself creates a difficulty of its own. The task of a teacher to answer questions and guide students through the endless reams of content can become difficult. It is important that the teacher assumes the position of leader and collaborator at the same time and with their students, discover and build an insight about the content that is on the curriculum.2. MotivationIn online educational activities, motivation is key for teachers and students to be successful. Students should know that they are working independently and need to take co-responsibility for results and activities. The teacher's role at this time is to motivate, encourage, collect and guide students so that their tasks are delivered on time.3. Technical ProblemsTechnical problems will always exist. It is important that before any activity commences, the teacher understands the platform used. Educators should be able to answer basic questions and help students that may feel lost as the lesson progresses. Technical problems are a major reason for withdrawal in students, therefore is is important to ensure support is always available.

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Educational Activity Tips

Students do not always like or engage with course material. The internet can be a useful way to hold their attention and stimulate all students in the learning process. 1 Video: Channels like YouTube offer thousands of videos that can be used as examples in classes like History or Spanish. They also work well as dynamic inserts or short documentaries related to the subject topic and help in memorizing the content.2 Social Networks: Whilst not always popular in education. Study groups, examples for discussion, information pages and learning communities can be allies in interaction outside the classroom.3 Online platforms: Different tools, games and activities using online platforms are a great way to teach without using the book and blackboard method.4 Interesting Websites:. Many websites can provide rich sources of information to support subject materials, for example, use the National Geographic or NASA website for Science or Geography lessons.Check out the "How to Study Guide Series" that we created with educational activities by subject. Inspire yourself and bring the internet to your classroom! How to Study Math How to Study Physics How to Study Chemistry How to Study Biology How to Study History How to Study Law How to study Psychology The content has been compiled from various articles published here on the GoConqr blog, but has been adapted for easier reading and sharing.

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The Role of the Teacher

If people associate teachers with just being in the classroom, they are very wrong. The work of the teacher extends far beyond that. From hours of research and planning to in class tutoring and guidance, a teachers work is never done. Add to that education technology and a teachers bow now has one more string.With this in mind, we have 4 organizational tips for teachers who want to transform the way they work and take something different to the classroom. Discover how to create your lesson plan, develop new teaching techniques and activities and correct work that will lead to the perfect classroom.Organized teachers are great at keeping a schedule of activities for upcoming classroom work. This allows more time for the development of other activities such as self-improvement and individual development.1. ORGANIZATION OF MATERIALKeep documents and material somewhere you can easily access it. Paper for the most part is now out of fashion, so we recommend you use a flash drive or create a block of online notes, that way you can access and share content more easily.Organize files into different categories such as calendar, lesson plan, class information and student presentations. As your needs increase, you can create new folders and topics ad hoc. 2. LESSON PLAN Establish a pattern to plan student lessons and update it when necessary. For example, if you create a lesson plan using GoConqr Notes , you can review it, add or remove information (including videos and images) make it private or share it with your colleagues whenever necessary.Lay out subjects for students to be as organized as possible. Write down the important information (work, notes, test dates). Always write the title of the subject, which class is taking that subject, the date and, if possible a short summary of the lesson. Information should be clear and succinct. You can create this plan using a Mind Map or note and use the "Play Mode" function to display the contents and then simply share that Mind Map with students. 3. COMMUNICATION You can create a Study Group to communicate with students outside of the classroom, share content, and send messages. Often the question can come from another class, in this case a Study Group is the solution for interaction and sharing ideas. 4. CALENDAR OF ACTIVITIES Divide activities into tasks such as: Lesson Plan, Activities for correction and Activities to share. Creating lists gives you more control over everything and helps to prioritize activities.Create an organized work schedule with these tips:(i) Determine the number of hours students have for each activity during the day and week. Be realistic and seek to balance your routine activities including leisure and rest time. (ii) Choose the best time, (day or night) and set the start time and end. (iii) Reuse the weekly cycle as to avoid repetition of work.

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Teachers and the Internet: Using Technology in Education

School is a traditional and often conservative place. So how do we make it more attractive and dynamic for today, a place where the internet is present in everything we do. A technology that allows people to register, edit, share and store information any time any place. Most teachers tell us that incorporating technology in education is difficult.They ask us how they can leverage social networking and learning platforms in a constructive and productive way?Here are some tips on how to work with technology in the classroom: Involve technology in a complementary way. Find a topic, create a group on social networks like Facebook, Google+, Blogs, etc. and discuss Use technology to capture attention and hold debate and discussion for longer. Learning can be fun you know. Many teachers have used Facebook and Twitter to uploads images of class time and documented their achievements. Using Technology in Education: GoConqr Resources for teachers and students. Mind Maps : Create a story and present it, present it to your class and use 'Playback Mode' to watch your theme unfold.Quiz: Test your students knowledge by creating a Quiz on the subject of the day.Notes: Simplify and make class notes using our tool. The Notes tool makes it easier to share with all your students and they can even study with them.Calendar: Create class schedules, tests and organize your diary with the calendar function.Flashcards: Create digital flashcards for assistance with foreign languages, formulas and more.We could spend hours listing the benefits of Technology in Education. All you need to know is, GoConqr is a tool that will help you with all of this!Use our resources to study and start slowly bringing technology into your classroom. We understand that this is a process that does not depend on a single person but the initiative is worthwhile, and GoConqr are here to help you.If you want to start and do not know where you can send us a message and we will get in touch and we will be happy to assist you.Good luck!

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The 10 Skills of the Modern Teacher

Education is a constantly evolving field, which requires teachers to be up to date and aware of new developments. The traditional skills needed to be a good teacher have also evolved and now require some other features that are essential. GoConqr decided to discuss some new teacher competences that can make a difference in tdoays classroom. These are, in our opinion, the 10 powers of the modern teacher:Some of these skills will be familiar and adhere to any every teacher out there, but there is no harm recapping.1 Committed: It is essential that teachers are committed to their work and the education of young people. The responsibility in the hands of a teacher is huge, so you should be aware of this and love your profession.2 Prepared: Academic training is another traditional skill that is required of a teacher. Society has always demanded a high level of qualification for teachers. The more prepared you are as a teacher, the better.3 Organized: Good course organization and pre-planning are key factors for success. It is very important that the teacher organizes a curriculum to teach from that will prepare them and their students fully.4 Tolerant: In an increasingly diverse and multicultural society, it is necessary that the teacher has no prejudices and treats all students equally.5 Open for Questions: Discussion and collaboration in the classroom are essential to encourage students and helps implement new teaching techniques. The teacher must be open to answer questions from students and should show confidence.6 Narrator: One of the best ways to teach and convey ideas is through stories. The best teachers have used this method in their classes for centuries. Because of its effectiveness, this technique is used today not only by teachers but also by many other professionals as experts in their areas. New Skills It is necessary to always add new skills.7 Innovative: Today's modern teacher must be willing to innovate and try new things. They must become familiar with new teaching techniques and educational applications, ICT tools and electronic devices. The modern teacher should be the first to know about such tools and the first to bring them to the classroom.8 Enthusiastic: The modern teacher must not only be innovative but also be a lover of new technologies. Projectors, whiteboards, iPads and other devices need to become a regular part of your arsenal.9 Social: One of the traditional skills of the teacher is to be open to questions. Traditional teaching should emphasize that skillset and bring the conversation to social networks to explore possibilities outside the class itself. 10 Geek: In the best sense of the word. The internet is the greatest source of knowledge that man has ever built. Someone who is always researching and looking for new data and information that can then use that information to challenge their students is the ideal teacher.What do you think is the best skill of a teacher?

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11 Reasons to Use Technology in Education

In this section we will show you how technology in the classroom can be so beneficial. 1. Extends the reach of education: Technology in the classroom means more people can have access to education.2. Improves education in areas with limited access: The internet means technology can reach different places, of course you have to plan out how to reach those people and adhere to public policies.3. Helps students with disabilities: New technologies are versatile and flexible and can easily adapt to the needs of those who cannot commit to school or college life.4. Extend Classroom Hours: Technology in Education can push the boundaries and allows for interactivity outside the classroom. Teachers are now less restricted with time than ever before5. Learn any time, any place: Technology allows greater flexibility, whether you're on the move with your smartphone or travelling with your laptop or tablet, or even your phone, GoConqr is always accessible.6. Builds new learning communities: Creating study groups and online discussions is something that pushes the limits of Education. Create your Study Groups with GoConqr.7. Formal and informal learning: Technology in Education brings a level of enjoyment and excitement into learning that traditional methods just do not have.8. Immediate assessment and feedback: Through various GoConqr tools you can easily understand how much content is being absorbed by your students.9. Facilitates Personalized Learning: The use of ICT facilitates allows teachers to adjust content from one student to another with great ease.10. Move With The Times: Students of this generations feel more comfortable studying with technology.11. Improves Communication: ICT technology creates an additional channel of communication with the student that you previously didn't have.

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16 Tips for Creating Educational Activities

There has been much talk recently on Technology in Education, and the best ways to apply it. But we know that the modern teacher has to develop skills that go beyond traditional teaching. Currently a lot of creativity is required on the part of the teacher in order to develop educational activities, but this can be time consuming. In a bid to curb that, GoConqr have come up with 16 suggestions for creating educational activities.Check out the following 16 tips for creating educational activities in the classroom that are simple to develop and will attract the attention of students. 1. Use educational games: Games are engaging. You can use FlashCards as a game of memory or create a competition between teams using a Quiz.2. Stimulate student's creativity: Propose activities that encourage students to create something, the Mind Map is a great tool for this.3. Develop problems for your students to solve: People naturally like a challenge. Case studies with problems to be solved are a great exercise for subjects like Science and Math.4. Develop activities outside the classroom: Why not change the environment? Use the courtyard, library or laboratory. This arouses the interest and motivation of students.5. Involve students: Give them responsibility. The technique of the 'inverted classroom' works well. Each student or group is responsible for presenting a theme assigned to them. The theme is delivered by them while the teacher acts as a mentor in the process.6. Create Activity Groups: Create study groups by interests, propose activities within the classroom, suggest they develop a project that will last the course period. Questions and answers afterwards can be carried out online.7. Vary Delivery: Don't start every class with a quiz. Give students FlashCards to create with key topics for homework. Propose a reading, or a little discussion. Different activities make students memorize the moment.8. Change the format of the classroom: Change the layout of tables and chairs. Use the groups, auditorium, etc. This breaks the routine and students feel more comfortable.9. Use Technology: Using computers and mobile is worthwhile as it relates to the students routine. Develop activities with computers or tablets, for example, using GoConqr tools. The activity must be well structured so as not to lose focus.10. Make students Co-authors: Encourage students to prepare lessons where the teacher acts as a mentor guiding the process. Each student presents a topic. This will help in engagement with the subject and also prepares them for other situations.11. Use Social Networks: Platforms like blogs or Twitter are dynamic. Suggest that the class creates a blog or use Twitter to engage in #edchat relating to a subject.12. Subjects & Relationships: Discuss how geography can marry history. This can help students improve understanding of the facts and makes the subject more interesting.13. Use Newspapers & Magazines: Keep them updated with daily news and connect it with the theme of the lesson.14. Embrace new techniques: Develop educational activities in accordance with the use of the class. Do a search on them.15. Audio and Image: Use videos and music. This arouses the attention of students and awakens several senses in the learning process.16. Challenge students: Put activities and problems at a harder grade. Show them how they are able to always go beyond.By merging traditional methods with the daily living activities of the students, the teacher provokes greater interest in students for learning.Students regularly have their attention diverted to other activities, so the teacher needs to look for attractive alternatives to encourage young people to enjoy learning. Do not be afraid to introduce technology into the education process, after-all, technology is part of the routine of the students outside of the classroom and they feel comfortable with that so why should learning be any different.