Any classroom in any corner of the world will have students who have a varied level of understanding; some students may comprehend a lesson or topic faster than other students. As a result, many students lose interest in the lessons as some feel the teacher is going too slow, or vice versa. This is one of the most important reasons that the student enthusiasm and participation levels are going down. This also happened to be one of the greatest questions I was trying to solve. How do I find a way to teach my students as per their academic level or skill?
A friend from my college suggested that I look into teaching with the use of technology. I was a bit apprehensive, but I decided to do my research and found that there were many studies which showed that using tablets in the classroom was helping students learn in a better way. Students were more enthusiastic to use gadgets as compared to a normal textbook, and hence paid more attention and participated actively in the classroom. Also, each student could be given lessons and groups according to their proficiency in the particular subject which was impossible to do earlier. So I decided to look further into this, and thought of looking for a good classroom management software which could be integrated into the device so as to provide me better control over how the students used their tablets.
I found many great classroom management software with great features such as student device monitoring, remote locking, blanking screens, video broadcast, virtual white boards with interactive attributes, instant quiz (create, distribute and grade), student demonstration, file collection and distribution, etc. When I saw this, I realized that if I was able to implement this, it would be an ideal change. However, I had to look into the costing of taking on such a venture.
I soon found that some of the really good classroom management software are very affordable and total value for money. When I took this up to the school, they sounded very interested in the concept and at once started the process of acquiring devices and the software they deemed best.
Today it has been a year since I have been teaching my students using an advanced type of smartclass. It has not only enhanced my students’ performance, but also made the teaching process easier and more interesting. I have various media tools and apps at my disposal to teach various lessons in a more fun and interesting way that the students grasp with greater ease. I don’t spend hours creating and grading tests, I simply make it on the software which automatically grades the pop quizzes for me. I can collect assignments at the click of a button, and distribute handouts electronically within a second. I decide which lesson I want to share with which student, making the teaching process highly customized. All in all, my students and I have both profited from the use of great classroom management software.