Technology is no longer a "nice to have" in a classroom environment.
We are long past the days of classrooms merely containing a projector, your stock PowerPoint and whiteboards as our primary education tools. The modern pupil doesn't just have the distraction of technology to overcome, but expects to use technology in their education. Used properly, technology can support your delivery so effectively that it increases engagement, retention of information and overall quality of their experience. Technology in the classroom encourages student collaboration in group activities and is an excellent way of freshening up activities such as assessment for learning.
I've spoken previously about Apprentify putting technology first in our Digital Marketer apprenticeship, but with a few months behind our first cohort now I wanted to reflect upon how to use tech to create an 'Outstanding' classroom.
Using any kind of classroom, your students should engage in both individual and group activities to develop a wide set of skills. Research activities can be an effective way of getting a class to dip their toes into a topic and then collaborate in a shared project. Tools like Google Docs with it's shared editing features in the browser allows students to collaborate on work in real time and consolidate the research they've performed with others. Not only are you developing the skill of online research, but also developing wider skills in project management and professional contribution to a project.
Did you know?: Google Docs allows you to comment on individual sections and leave annotations in work for students to review. You can also tag students using their Google account so they receive notifications informing them the feedback is directly intended for them.
Any experienced educator will be aware of the importance of being able to read the classroom and identify students who are struggling with the content covered in the class, which allows for direct intervention and support. However, students often are reluctant to share their struggles with the class for fear of embarrassment - this can naturally hinder progress if students are unable to express their struggle to their teacher and leave the session with a knowledge gap. Technology can support this so effectively - tools like Microsoft Teams or Slack are superb additions to a classroom to speed up resource sharing, but they can also be used to allow students to message you privately if they don't feel comfortable discussing a topic in front of the rest of the group.
Did you know?: Slack and MS Teams have a wide variety of plugins available to enhance the experience further, including video conferencing tools through the browser which can facilitate instant conversations with students in interactive formats.
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Let's be honest - didactic teaching is just the worst. It doesn't matter how engaging, how passionate or how energetic your tutor is - it's impossible to follow a topic when someone just talks at your for long periods of time. An excellent teacher will loosen their grip on a session and allow the pupils to teach themselves at points rather than explaining a subject to within an inch of it's life in the hopes it sinks in. Use technology to embed the learning by asking students to create something new. Digital marketing is packed to the brim with tools that students can use for free! Tools like Funnelytics or Moqups are fantastic visual tools that bring to life concepts for students - these can be contributed on by groups as well as worked on individually, and allow for instant assessment and discussion around the work.
Did you know?: Funnelytics allows you to map online and offline features in your company's sales funnel which is a great activity to visualise a learner's business if they have a combination of activities in their sales funnel that aren't exclusively online.
With Ofsted launching their new Education Inspection Framework for September 2019, Apprentify have recently gone through a large piece of consultation about the changes it makes to our programme and the renewed focus on curriculum quality. Our programme is designed with employers in mind, and at the heart of our curriculum is encouraging new technologies and widening a student's learning beyond the core of the apprenticeship.
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