Teaching and learning largely depend on the instruction. With technology, you still have to plan what and how your students will learn. But when you incorporate technology the learning is more successful. Due to its effectiveness, more schools are adopting a one-on-one teaching methodology. Here are some guidelines to devise an effective one-on-one classroom.
1. Take Sandbox Time
It is important that you give teachers time to experiment and play with the new technology introduced at the school. When they are familiar with the gadgets, it’s easier to use the gadgets. This also helps teachers incorporate the technology in the process of teaching and learning.
2. Make a Class Website
Students will log in to get the assignments, the day’s instructions, videos, notes and other instructional material from their teachers. It is the best communication tool as you can reach your students even while they are at home.
3. Shuffle your Room
Flexibility is the key component in a one-on-one classroom. Depending on the lesson at hand, students may be required to sit in small groups, independently or with you. A U-shaped seating arrangement will allow you to monitor many screens at once.
4. Create a blog
A blog will instill responsibility as students participate by posting on the blog and respond to questions. You may even make it competitive by rewarding the writers of the best blog posts.
5. Creation of Content
Encourage your students to be content creators rather than being mere content consumers. They should create notes, songs, articles or video demonstrations of topics they learn about in class.
6. Manage Content
Online classes are effective given the overwhelming content students acquire online. The internet offers a wide range of information, useful and harmful information. It is advisable for teachers to mind the safety of their learners by blocking their access to harmful content on the web.
7. Plan for the Interaction of Students
As with other teaching and learning methodologies, planning is important to one-on-one classrooms. Predict how your students will interact with the lesson. To make your lesson more efficient, consider keeping a spreadsheet to track how students react and interact it.
8. Don’t Use 1:1 When Not Appropriate
A one-on-one environment will not always rely on the electronic gadgets. Sometimes, your best lesson will be achieved without using technology. Your students shouldn’t be attached or rely entirely on their devices. They should understand the best time to use them.
9. Define the Device’s Role in your Class
There are some who argue that a one-on-one environment should entirely focus on the electronics. The electronic devices shouldn’t be the focal point of learning as they are just gadgets. They can’t take over your class or replace quality teaching. Devices should be used to make lesson delivery more exciting and effective.
10. Supplement your lessons
Before beginning a new topic, do a web search to get video clips, sound clips, photographs and other relevant material that will make your lesson effective and interesting.
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