Students these days are surrounded by technology, and this can be distracting for students. How are students supposed to pay attention to classroom lectures when outside of school they are constantly stimulated by technology. Teachers should include technology in their classroom instruction not only to keep the students' interest but also to prepare them for the "real world". Elmos and Smartboards are amazing pieces of technology that can do so much to enhance the learning that takes place in the classroom, however these pieces of technology are not inexpensive. So what can teachers with a low budget do to incorporate technology into their classroom instruction? According to one source I found with only a computer, a projector screen, and a connector cord there are inexpensive and free technologies that teachers can incorportate into their classroom.
Word Documents as a White Board and PowerPoint Lectures
By connecting your computer to your projector you are able to project a word document onto the projector screen. This can used to pull up pre-prepared notes, or to record notes as your students brian storm. Students can also be invited to help contribute to the notes by typing their thoughts, this would also personalize the notes and help the students feel connected to what they are learning.
You could also use this word document projection to project graphic organizers and worksheets that the students are working on. This would help students who would benefit from seeing a model as they work. These notes and worksheets can also then be attatched in an e-mail and sent to students and parents.
You could also create a classroom website where students would be able to access resources. This website could also inclue things such as assignments, syllabus, class notes, access to grades, worksheets, ruberics, and links to school and teacher contacts. This would help parents to be abel to be more involved in what their students are learning.
You could also include educational podcasts and webquests in the classroom to help enhance instuction.