As the world progresses toward a technology-based society, it is more and more important to incorporate technology into teaching lessons to students. Even if you aren't very tech savvy, there are easy and effective ways to get some technology into your lesson plans.
- Use resources that come with your textbooks. Almost all current editions of textbooks include sections with technology ideas and some even have accompanying websites or CD-ROMs with ready-made lessons. Check your teacher's edition textbook to see what is available for your use.
- The Internet is a great resource. You can now do anything on the Internet from virtually dissecting a frog to taking a tour of the Globe Theatre in England...all from the comfort of your computer lab. Many of these websites are available from academic resources such as universities, while others are personal websites. Just be sure to preview each site before you use it in class to check for accuracy and compatibility. There are also sites out there with available lesson plans that already incorporate technology. Use your search engine to find some great ideas.
- Work with your computer lab coordinator. Many schools have a technology director that is more than happy to help you figure out technological ideas for your lessons and even teach it for you if you aren't comfortable with the concepts or programs. Just ask!
- Talk to other teachers. Do not be afraid to ask for help in coming up with ideas. Some of the younger teachers have grown up with technology and may know more than you think they do when it comes to teaching with technology. They will most likely be flattered you asked for their help and be more than willing to give you some ideas.
- Assign technology projects. Even if you don't know how to run some programs or use the Internet effectively, your students probably do! Assign a project that requires a program. Be creative with your assignments. Some ideas to use could be slide show presentations, spreadsheets or graphs, or even designing webpages.
- Brush up on your own technology skills. Check your local community colleges or education agencies for workshops to enhance your personal technology skills and get new ideas for your classes. If you decide to assign a project, make sure you know how to use the program at least to troubleshoot problems your students may run into as they work. Most major programs have a tutorial incorporated in the program you can use to figure out how to work it. Check the help menu of your program for tips.