In my role as a 5th grade teacher, I’ve come to believe that one of the best ways to integrate technology into the classroom is to start with the lesson itself.
Lessons can be turned digital, and formatted in a PowerPoint. I teach using PowerPoint or Google Slides. These resources are very user friendly for teachers and students. This makes the process of creating the content easier for the teacher. If
the students are creating a presentation, a simple How-To-Use would cover the basics of where certain options are located and how to use them.
When students create their own slideshow presentation, it makes them use their creativity and it boosts their confidence in themselves. Most of my students love presenting the work they have created because they are proud of what they
accomplished and want to share it with others. It is a way for students to show their abilities and artistic ideas in their work. When students are turning in their presentations, teachers can comment directly on the slideshow. This real-time feedback allows students to see where they made an error, and they can edit just the portion of the presentation where the error was made.
The comments section can serve as a place where teachers give students positive
feedback about their work. Using a slideshow also allows students to have a visual
representation of the topic they’re learning and presenting.
As school returns to normal after COVID, virtual lessons are still used widely and are very popular both in the classroom and in a virtual learning environment.
Learn From Blogs mentions the importance of PowerPoints with virtual classrooms: “To make distance learning easier, the PowerPoint provides different audio and visual tools. Its point-to-point explanation method makes difficult concepts easier for the students.” This visual introduces a new topic while helping engage students.