By Donna Hutchinson
Newly-qualified TEFL Teacher, @donnatamara
There is no doubt about it, the digital age is well and truly upon us. Everything is turning electronic and I’m very much a part of it. I love my Blackberry, my Mac Book and of course Google and Facebook are a big part of my life. So, what does this mean for the classroom? From my experience it means students with at least one phone and a laptop and/or tablet. Yet, the thing that I find more important than relentlessly telling students to put their phones away, is the place of digital media for teachers and the classroom.
On my CELTA course at International House all the classrooms had IWBs (Interactive Whiteboards) and we had to learn how to use them. We didn’t have to use them for all our lessons, but for the most part, we did, especially for lead-ins. The simple ability of being able to display images on a screen can really get a lesson going. Of course, this can also be done with a projector so nothing spectacular there. The same goes for Power Points; there’s no actual interaction so are they really necessary?
These are just two ideas off the top of my head based on my current experience, but I’ve no doubt that it could be taken to much greater possibilities. Students today live in a digital world, surely it’s time the classroom caught up?
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