I'm behind the times when it comes to technology in classes. My thoughts are that technology is no replacement for good teaching. However, if I can find a way to use the technology to further enhance my instruction.
Something my (new) department and I are trying out this year for our snap-shots/assessments for the students is Google Voice. I have never used this before. This is a result of students in my previous schools not being allowed to have their cellphones. In this case, students are able to in my new school.
So instead of speaking out in the hallway today and scrambling to figure out where they were on a scale, I had them go out into the hallway and retell some of the information from class.
This was great because it gave me the ability to see how they were doing and I can continue to listen to it.
One students recorded 9:00 worth of speaking Spanish. He was retelling information then decided to make up new things with other words.
Another student decided not to do it at all. He called and hung up and came back into class. I reminded him that this was to give me an idea of where he is in my class (snap-shot) which will be recorded in the grade book and that is a 0.0 (No Evidence of Learning). He told me he would make it up on a different day.
I'm excited about the possibilities to keep these in the students portfolios.
I also liked it because I could deal with testing issues or questions instead of being between the classroom and the hallway listening to each individual student.
What are some ways you use technology to enhance your instruction?