Technology infiltrated the classroom when the first true calculator was invented in 1642. Nowadays, it is common to find tech products like smartboards and interactive whiteboard systems. Activities such as reading, examining, research, and presenting can be done efficiently with the aid of gadgets and applications.

Smartboard and Clickers

interactive whiteboard in classroom

A Smartboard or interactive whiteboard is an electronic display board that functions primarily as a whiteboard in offices, conferences, schools, and online classes.

As of 2004, a little over a quarter of British primary classrooms were equipped with smartboards. For teaching to be effective, it must be interactive. Asking questions is a way to ensure every student is on board with the teacher and clickers enable teachers to obtain and view the real-time responses of every student in the class.

Clickers function with the aid of radio signals or infrared. They are designed to give students polling or multiple-choice options.

The combination of clickers and interactive whiteboards can give teachers and students the perfect learning experience in school classrooms and in online classrooms.

Assessment Software

Computer-based assessment employs IT solutions to test and grade students according to the criteria determined by the teacher or institution. In cases where applicants reside in distant areas, institutions can grade students using assessment software. A good example of exams that use the CBT style of examination is the Cambridge International Examination.

Forms of academic dishonesty like cheating, hacking, identity fraud, and plagiarism are possible during a computer-based test. To curb academic dishonesty of any form, institutions can set up exam centers where students visit at a scheduled period to sit for exams.

In cases where students are miles away from invigilators, the institution can use assessment apps that allow teachers to invigilate students using the camera of their laptops. Hence, students using laptops without the camera and audio features would be automatically disqualified from writing the exam.

Geometer Sketchpad

The function of the geometer sketchpad is to enable students and teachers to explore mathematical concepts like algebra, Euclidean geometry, and calculus.

The Geometer sketchpad was originally designed by a student of Swarthmore College called Nicholas Jackiw. He is currently working as a senior research scientist in Scholastic Reading Inventory (SRI) education. Let’s take a look at the video below that shows an introduction of what Geometer Sketchpad looks like:

The problem of a conventional board is that it is incapable of transforming geometric shapes and figures. If a teacher wants to draw a hexagon after drawing a square, the only way to do it with a conventional board is to rub off the first drawing or draw on another side of the board. A Geometer sketchpad allows teachers to transform geometric shapes from one form to another. The number of geometric shapes attainable on the geometer sketchpad is infinite.

Classroom Apps

Classroom apps are apps that help teachers interact with students better in the class. Good examples of classroom apps for online learning are Google Classroom, Venngage, and YouTube. In the process of converting, exporting, and transferring project files, students’ files might become corrupt before landing in the teacher’s mail.

To ease the process of sharing files between teachers and students Google designed a free web service. In 2021, Google Classroom has roughly 150 million users.

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