5 Smart Tips for New High School Teachers Looking to Implement Tech in the Classroom

Feb 12, 2018 by

If you’re a high school teacher, it’s time to face a seemingly harsh reality.

That is, your students are more than likely glued to their smartphones. Despite your district’s device policy, most kids these days are itching to use tech in the classroom in some way, shape or form.

Why not embrace it?

Whether it’s education-specific apps, using smartphones for research or gamifying the learning process, there are tons of smart ways to implement tech in the modern classroom. Doing so can curb some discipline issues of new teachers and actually make your job easier in the long-run.

However, before you start rolling out tech in your classroom, consider the following five tips first.

Make Security a Top Priority

You need to be alert and mindful when students are using tech, both for their sake and your own. Any given piece of equipment comes with a price tag; meanwhile, there are safety concerns of students taking pictures or using your equipment. Much like companies need a user access review process, you must ensure that their access to classroom tech is appropriate based on the needs of your lessons.

Talk to Your Administrator

Before you get too attached to the idea of classroom tech, bear in mind how approval from your administrator is a must-do. On one hand, the debate over smartphones in the classroom is ongoing and some administrators may not be so keen on ambitious lessons involving smartphones. On the flip side, you may be able to score brownie points with admin by showing initiative to try something new.

Don’t Reinvent the Wheel

There are so many Nearpod and PowerPoint presentations already out there that you shouldn’t worry about creating everything from scratch. By adapting what’s already out there, you save so much time and likewise can work with templates that are proven to be effective. Instead of troubleshooting, you can simply copy an existing template and recycle them in the future.

Base Your Lessons on Learning Goals

When writing your lesson plans, keep in the back of your mind how your use of technology can realistically help you reach your learning goals. For example, English classes can use quiz apps to review vocab quickly and efficiently if you’ve been struggling with traditional back-and-forth review sessions. Whatever your goal might be, outline how your decision to use tech will ultimately make your lessons run smoothly.

Have a Plan for Students Who Aren’t Tech-Savvy

Remember: not 100% of your students will necessarily be on board with tech-based lessons. Maybe they consider themselves more traditional or perhaps they don’t have a smartphone. Either way, find ways to integrate them into your lessons as well such as taking notes or acting as a facilitator to the lesson.

As technology becomes more and more of a staple in our daily lives, your students’ lives are no different. Finding ways to integrate tech is the sign of a thoughtful, progressive educator who’s looking toward the future rather than being stuck in the past. With these tips in mind, you can ensure that the process of integrating tech in the classroom goes smoothly and makes your job as a new teacher less of a hassle.

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