We’re more or less at the halfway point of the year and your classes are at full flow, but are you still looking for new ideas to freshen up your classroom dynamics?
New technologies are becoming ever more important in the classroom, not just to present content but also to keep the students motivated and engaged. Technology is constantly evolving which means there are new apps, web pages, philosophies and methodologies being developed on a regular basis. A simple Google search will bring up millions of ideas, but it can be quite time-consuming sifting through the results!
Apps like Pinterest are very fashionable at the moment where users can share and upload content to an online community for others to explore and use. If you are stuck for ideas or just looking for something new, a quick search is sure to stimulate your imagination.
A quick and easy activity you could try is to ask your students to write a letter to their future selves; to talk about what they were doing on a specific day, something they would like to achieve or even predict the future. This activity can of course be done with a pencil and paper, but why not make it more exciting for students by using www.futureme.org? With this ingenious website anyone can write an email to their future self and programme a date for it to be sent back to their inbox. Give it a try!
Are you in need of a better way to communicate with your students? We know that communication between teachers and students, particularly via instant messaging like SMS or Whatsapp, is often problematic. You may want to take a look at a new educational app we’ve come across called Remind. This service has been dubbed the Whatsapp for teachers, as it allows them to safely send text messages to students and stay in touch with parents without ever revealing personal phone numbers. El País recently published an article about Remind after was officially released at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Click here to read the full article and to watch a short promotional video about this new communication tool.
Have a look and try something new!