Computer Training for Teachers in Bondi

As an ex classroom teacher and trainer at Computer Coach Australia, Zoe has many years experience in training people to use computers in the classroom by using fun apps such as Padlet, Mentimeter and QR Codes. Technology has many good attributes. One of the training and support services we provide is computer training for teachers in Bondi, Eastern suburbs and the inner Sydney areas.

Zoe at Computer Coach Australia is a university trained teacher, not just someone who knows a little about computers. Furthermore, she knows how to teach and specialises in working with students with special needs using the computer as the tool. Technology is engaging and fun to most people. Everywhere we go we can see faces plugged into the phone. The tips below make use of the phone to aid the learning process. Not to mention, a computer can be used to create a learning environment that feels like fun in many ways.

How to Engage Students – Computer Training for Teachers in Bondi

Computer Training for Teachers in Bondi

Computer Training for Teachers

“Look at me!” cries the teacher, hoping to elicit the students’ attention! The task at hand is to engage each student, and motivate. Moreover, to inspire the class to become active participants while enjoying the learning process. Why else do we teach, if not to perform and have success? But really; there is not much worse than students playing with their phones, having their minds elsewhere the head on the desk and blank faces.

As a teacher when we leave the classroom we reflect on the lesson. Being a teacher can be a lonely, piggy in the middle job. Teachers are somewhere between the student, management and the parents and answerable to all. For this reason, it can be really tough.

Below we have included some great free apps that can help the teacher to engage students in the classroom.

Learn What Best Apps Suit Your Purpose

Padlet, Mentimeter and QR Codes are engaging, fun and free apps that can be used in the classroom.  Creating student participation using a device they are never far away increases motivation. Students get to use the technology they can’t take their hands off  their smartphone, rather than being told to put it down. On an excursion, students collect images, create videos, write text and share with the group via Padlet. The online project format adds that spark of difference to the lesson. The projects are stored in one place for peer and teacher review.  Mentimeter has options to produce word clouds, charts and quizzes. Students interact with each other and the lesson, watching their answers appear in real time for all to see. Using a QR code is the quickest and easiest way to access the app, or simply use the URL.

Using Padlet In the Classroom

Padlet is a free application that creates an online bulletin board to display information for any topic. It is easy to create an account and build a new board. You can add images, links, videos, plus more then return to add stuff later. Moreover, Padlet provides a platform for collaborating and collecting ideas, mind mapping, and brainstorming. Use this tool easily in your Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) classroom. Al students are able to access Padlet for free, no matter what device they have.

Padlet

Computer Training for Teachers in Bondi – Padlet

Finally, when you complete the project, you can embed it into your wall on a blog, wiki or website. A blog, wiki or website makes life a lot easier for a teacher to store student resources that are easily accessible online. There is no need to print out all those pages and carry around those heavy resources to and from the classroom. Students are given access rights,  simply log on and all the information is at their fingers tips whether in the classroom or at home.

Mentimeter Engages Students

Another great free app we use to engage students in the classroom isMentimeter A cloud-based solution that provides interaction with the target audience in real-time. It is a polling tool, just set the questions and the target audience once logged in, gives their input using a mobile phone or any other device connected to the Internet

Mentimeter allows the admin to pose a question to the students and receive instant feedback on that question through cell phones, tablets, and any other Internet-connected device. Mentimeter is free and very easy to use.

Mentimeter

Computer Training for Teachers in Bondi – Mentimeter

Students can actively participate in the class and lectures. Not only that but it allows students to anonymously give their opinions on questions (in forms such as multiple-choice, open-ended or scales). You can quickly prepare lessons in advance. Mentimeter allows you to check what they think about a subject or if they have understood the explanation. In this way, it is possible to have a more focused discussion. Mentimeter does not require any voting devices, and there are no downloads. All you need is a good internet that provides fast access to the website and participants with a smartphone, laptop or tablet.

Engaging Students with Technology

Mentimeter shows the answers to the questions in real time and visualizes them in easy-on-the-eye tables or charts. Besides lectures, you can also use Mentimeter for both workshops, meetings and research projects. You can use it to both test people’s expectations, to have them rate solutions for a problem and to let them (anonymously) submit objections to a research proposal.

Mentimeter

Computer Training for Teachers in Bondi – Mentimeter

Research has shown that the use of “active student responding” methods and audience response systems, such as Mentimeter, are useful in actively engaging the student. The anonymity of the tool increases engagement because it allows people to give their opinion on a subject. In this way, more people will answer questions. Studies have proven that students using anonymous response systems show a higher participation rate than students using normal response methods (hand-raising).

Also, Mentimeter has an introductory video on their website.

It is possible to create an account for free and you can use it to test all the options.

Using QR Codes in the Classroom

A QR code consists of black squares arranged in a square grid on a white background, which can be read by an imaging device such as a camera, and processed using Reed–Solomon error correction until the image can be appropriately interpreted. The required data is then extracted from patterns that are present in both horizontal and vertical components of the image.

QR Codes

Computer Training for Teachers in Bondi – QR Codes

 

You can download free QR code readers onto your phone. We used a QR code on the Computer Coach Australia business card, just for fun – and so people can easily gain access to our website. If you want to encode your QR code, you can simply click here and use this free service.

A fun Australian image was supplied by QR codes Australia for business.

Computer Training for Teachers in Bondi

Zoe at Computer Coach Australia worked as a classroom teacher and teacher trainer at TAFE for many years. This included a wide array of students from all backgrounds, including the elderly, those with special needs, disabilities, small business owners, returning to work and government projects. Zoe is aware of the complex needs of the student and the difficulties a teacher faces with up to 30 faces staring at you. There are many benefits in one-on-one computer coaching, as opposed to classroom learning with the specific learning agenda.

At Computer Coach Australia, we travel to the office or home and enjoy profiting computer training for teachers in Bondi. We work from a list of learning goals and outcomes and provide excellent results which empower the learner.

Contact Zoe today to discuss your needs

Phone: 0407 956 071
E-mail: computercoachaustralia@gmail.com

Working with clients in Bondi, the Eastern suburbs of Sydney and inner Sydney areas or you can come to Bondi.