If the course is over and you have decided to spend a good and relaxed vacation, congratulations because you have earned it.
But even so, we have to talk about some technological educational tools that both students and teachers should know when you return to classrooms in September. It is important to be up to date on what is necessary for all, as well as prepared for the technological avalanche that will take place during the next summer.
1. The facebook is not modern, but useful
Facebook seeks to have more and more active users, so it is continually offering new features, trying to stay within the market of new technologies and in search of more and more money.
Although Facebook has declined lately, it is still present on the day of the students, as they often use it to communicate with their friends. It has video chat, group chat, event messaging, personal texts … but now we can also use it as GPS, startups and other social communication options.
For all this, we consider Facebook as a useful application: we can ask the students to make an account, create groups to keep us all informed, have conversations about a Facebook page … There are numerous ways to use This tool in the classroom, but keep up with the latest trends because if not, it will decrease interest on the part of the students.
2. Less mobile and more application
The other great trend for our students are smartphones and tablets. Although lately we have been observing that what really gives importance is not to the mobile itself, but to the applications they contain, that make them gain positions that is why the Apple iPhone or the mobile phones that contain it are so important. Android operating system, which dominates the market thanks to its thousands of applications. After all, a smartphone is as good as shares allow us to do, do not you think?
In addition, students are often up to date on what will be the next offers on the market (among other things because the youth is taken into account when making new mobile or applications). If the applications are not useful or often receive bad reviews, the students eliminate them.
Young people care about digital platforms as much as teachers: they want to be able to learn, create, share … All this through iOS, Android, Blackberry, Windows or Firefox. The only thing the teacher needs to worry about is if these new technologies have the necessary applications so that the students learn everything they need and, if they do, they will initiate a solid learning process.
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3. Applications to communicate
Students love to share what they do with the rest, both on facebook and other virtual platforms and, lately, video chat is becoming, thanks to Skype, one of the most popular ways to stay connected / They are reliable and allow us to save time and money.
What other communication tools besides video chat are gaining popularity among students? Here’s a list of the tools that have the most are taken into account …
Twitter: Teachers use it to get in touch with other teachers they have known for some time, friends, classmates, etc. And allows them to be in contact. On the other hand, students tend to use it to share their daily actions with their friends and acquaintances. It is also possible to use Twitter in and outside the classroom, to improve the teacher-to-student relationship. What do you think?
Instagram: Despite having been criticized for its privacy policies in recent months, has become one of the most used forms of communication by students today. Right now it is owned by Facebook, but they are independent of each other.
Instant messages such as those allowed by the “LINE” or “WhatsApp” applications have completely replaced text messages or any other type of chat that previously existed on mobile phones.
Tumblr: It is officially a face communication tool, very popular with younger users. This is due to Yahoo!, which recently acquired the billion-dollar blogging platform. Despite the initial criticism by some / young people, it seems that no one has stopped using it, rather the opposite. Tumblr allows us to follow each other (to keep in touch) or share in our profile information that we find interesting.
What will be the following?
I would be lying if I said that I imagined what the next trends would be between students, teenagers, and anyone else: if you try to find out what the next popular application will be, listen to me, ask the younger ones.
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