Many of us still remember when tech in the classroom meant overhead projectors and heavy box TVs strapped to wheelie carts. To say we’ve come a long way since then would be an understatement — in fact, the rising standard for classroom tools designed to improve student engagement makes everything before it seem fairly primitive by comparison.
Remote and hybrid learning have created an enhanced need for digital tools in the classroom, but even standard in-person classes have much to gain from including digital tools in everyday lessons. Here are 8 of the best tools available right now for teachers looking to incorporate more interactive technology into their curriculum.
1. FRM Smartboard Unlocks Student Engagement
The limits of the traditional whiteboard are being seen more than ever today. The space is limited, nothing is saved, and it’s difficult to record or display to remote students. Interactive whiteboards like the FRM Smartboard allow teachers to integrate videos, interactive games and highlighted information into their daily lessons while giving students the opportunity to mark up and engage with presentations with the teacher on the smartboard, or from their own devices at home.
These interactive elements aid in holding students’ attention — plus, research shows drawing is a particularly effective way to facilitate comprehension and retention, nearly doubling the amount retained after a lesson. FRM’s interactive components provide a nice bit of visual flair — and they also enable teachers to present new information in a more engaging fashion, providing remote students with hands-on opportunities more closely aligned to what their in-person peers experience.
With an infinite Canvas (that won’t be erased before the next class period by accident), integrations with many useful learning apps and increased accessibility for hybrid learners to engage with learning materials, FRM Smartboards are made for unlocking student engagement in the classroom.
A key challenge for any teacher attempting to modernize lesson plans in this era of hybrid learning is the mode by which they connect to their students. Since the dawn of the pandemic in 2020, several apps and platforms have emerged to facilitate remote communication. However, a few of these platforms have combined the functionality of video conferencing with extremely useful online classroom management tools.
Blackboard Collaborate gives your lesson material a digital home base. This online course repository is a hub for all your remote course information. It also facilitates communication among teachers, students and parents and makes it easy to keep track of upcoming due dates through an intuitive online portal. Blackboard also simplifies the process of connecting with students about missed assignments or sick days and enables educators to submit lecture recordings for students catching up on missed material.
Blackboard-style programs have become something of a mainstay in higher education, but K-12 educators can also see benefits to student engagement by incorporating this tool into their classes.
Ease of use is among the biggest factors to consider when deciding whether a tool is useful for student engagement. If an app complicates or sidetracks lessons instead of aiding them, students will quickly lose interest. In terms of educational tools with simple functionality, few are more intuitive and reliable than Quizlet.
Quizlet helps you gamify material, quickly. It turns lecture information into flashcards, quizzes and a variety of study modes that help students memorize and apply information at their own pace. It also lets teachers view progress through a simple dashboard. When it comes to study help and additional resources, Quizlet is unmatched — the tool offers 500 million study sets created by other teachers (and students) to streamline the creation of games and quizzes specific to your classroom.