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What is the best tech in the classroom?

Discussion in 'Personal' started by TES_Rosaline, Apr 25, 2019.

  1. TES_Rosaline

    TES_Rosaline Administrator Staff Member

    School staff are faced with a dazzling array of technology and endless promises of how this new equipment will make their working lives easier, sometimes with just a few clicks. Are you a ‘techvangelist’ who relishes the onset of new gadgets and gizmos to play with or do you rail against another change and long for the return of a simple life, free from technology? What do you think is the best technology in the classroom? One former teacher might surprise you with her take on technology and the answer to this question:


    Zoe Enser is an English teacher and director of improvement at Seahaven Academy in East Sussex.

    What is the best and most helpful technology in the classroom for you?
  2. bombaysapphire

    bombaysapphire Star commenter

    I love a class set of mini white boards. I tried the voting pads when they were in vogue. More set up time for less flexibility.

    I use an interactive whiteboard all of the time too. A few pre-prepared examples help the pace of the lesson.
    BertieBassett2 likes this.
  3. Vince_Ulam

    Vince_Ulam Star commenter

  4. Mangleworzle

    Mangleworzle Star commenter

    Full circle! Back to chalk (almost) and talk!

    Thank god for Directors of Improvement, where would schools be without them?

    Was this the plan all along I wonder? Get rid of the older teachers who knew stuff and could do things for themselves, then when anyone who knows anything is out of the way bring in the one-eyed improvement directors to the land of the blind.

    Coming soon, a NEW! tool for behaviour management - Point and Shout.
  5. CheeseMongler

    CheeseMongler Lead commenter

    Isn't that "flattening the grass"?
    Mangleworzle likes this.
  6. racroesus

    racroesus Star commenter

    Lab-book, pen, pencil, thermometer, beaker, Bunsen burner, water. Bright yellow paint and brush.
  7. racroesus

    racroesus Star commenter

    Blackboard and chalk.
  8. racroesus

    racroesus Star commenter

    As usual, it all depends on what you want to achieve.
  9. Happygopolitely

    Happygopolitely Established commenter

    Is the writer of the article aware that there may well be an urgent email message from the head demanding to see the class registration grades put on the tech system?
  10. sbkrobson

    sbkrobson Star commenter

    The only "dazzling array" in my classroom is of pens which don't work.
    monicabilongame likes this.
  11. CheeseMongler

    CheeseMongler Lead commenter

    Thinking about it, my favourite piece of tech is a laser pointer. Apart from obvious use with chalk and talk, it's the best way I've found to get students to pay attention to their work. Verbal instructions are easy to ignore but a red dot moving around a worksheet seems impossible to ignore.
    neddyfonk likes this.
  12. BertieBassett2

    BertieBassett2 Lead commenter

    Definitely - on supply, if the work needs reinforcing (often the case) then white boards are great! There can be problems if there aren't enough pens but you can even get the class to share if that's the case.
  13. BertieBassett2

    BertieBassett2 Lead commenter

    What are they @bombaysapphire ?!
  14. racroesus

    racroesus Star commenter

  15. theworm123

    theworm123 Lead commenter

    What’s a ‘director of improvement’ and why do schools suddenly need director positions in management?
  16. Happygopolitely

    Happygopolitely Established commenter

    What is this strange walking stick? Or is it a Shepherd's tool? And how far back to old methods should we go?
  17. colpee

    colpee Star commenter

    One can take the article with a bit of salt I think; it is not really about tech one way or another. Underneath it is a plain enough description of an inexperienced teacher who chases all sorts of fads trying stuff until finding something that works and is enjoyable, and that one will confidently use. One might do the same thing the other way round and end up at a techy solution. Experience, experience, experience.....
    border_walker and bonxie like this.
  18. colpee

    colpee Star commenter

    Someone with limited success in the classroom but really whizzy with ice-breakers for inset CPD?
  19. colpee

    colpee Star commenter

  20. racroesus

    racroesus Star commenter

    Oooh, bitchy!

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