“Technology is best when it brings people together” – Matt Mullenweg
Technology has always been used in education since ancient times. But with a sudden shift to online education in the year 2020 due to the pandemic, teachers across the globe scrambled to find the perfect technological tools. Personally, I loved this phase as there were so many tools that made learning interesting and effective.
I absolutely love using Google Suite especially Google Slides. There are so many templates that I can and have used to make my presentations eye-catching and interactive. There are many options like animation or using GIFs that make the transaction of a lesson very effective.
Another great discovery was the tool named “Canva”. This app has various preloaded templates and pictures that allow the user to create a poster, an invitation, a card, or even a presentation. My children from grades 8 to 10 love using this tool as it is very user-friendly and easy to use.
Quizzing was made interesting by Kahoot. The interface is great and the children use it to create their own quizzes and host them too. This inculcated the spirit of friendly competition and confidence in them.
Keeping in line with Ekya’s ideals, I was initially in a pickle thinking of interesting ways to put up the Plan for each class. Then I got introduced to Microsoft Whiteboard. It made my life so easy – I could plan and keep my points handy prior to transacting the class. I could draw and illustrate pretty easily too.
Tools like Padlet and Mentimeter made my online transactions easy too. From using them as a forum for expressing ideas, feelings, and thoughts to even voting on a topic, everything became so much easier.
While as a teacher, I looked for innovative ways to make teaching an enriching experience, I also came up with interesting ideas that made Internal Assessments and assignments more fun. One such assignment was to imagine as an author and create a book for Middle School children on the types of mountains. There were so many interesting, out-of-the-box submissions that made me reflect on the potential this generation carries. Another assignment involved creating awareness videos on the conservation of nature and I received very professional well-curated videos. Some children personally expressed their gratitude for giving them such assignments where they could learn and hone their skills.
After from general tools, I found some learning-area specific tools like a Visual Dictionary that not only gave the meaning of the word but also the synonyms and antonyms, the various ways it can be used in a sentence and various forms of grammar (https://visuwords.com).
Another website helped in understanding the concept of antipodal arrangement of land and water in Geography.
With the evolution of technology, the capabilities of the education industry are increasing manifold. The Internet is a vast electronic library of information, and both research and instruction can be achieved through a click of the mouse. With these advances come new responsibilities to the teacher to make sure that learning and growing never stop.