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Classroom technology for university educators

The use of technology in the classroom has been on the rise in recent years and now plays a pivotal role in many lectures, seminars, and workshops. Students are now more likely to get out a laptop than a notepad and pen when they arrive in class.

There is also a wide range of resources you can use in the classroom to support teaching and help engage students. Here are some of the technologies you could consider:

Smartphone apps

Student engagement apps like Vevox and Mentimeter are a great way to aid learning and boost student involvement. They allow students to:

  • Remotely vote in polls
  • Ask questions
  • Answer questions
  • Interact with presentations
  • Complete surveys in their own time
  • Receive results back in real-time

Whiteboard apps

The traditional whiteboard is an integral part of any classroom. However, digital whiteboard apps could soon make the physical board obsolete.

Their easy sharing and collaborating features can let you present content, write over your slides, capture video, and create custom content that students can see on their own devices. Some of the top apps include:

Plagiarism checkers

It’s impossible for teachers to manually check that every assignment they receive is 100% original. Students also now have access to thousands of resources online, which means the risk of plagiarism is higher than ever.

Luckily, there are now tools like Turnitin and Unicheck that enable you to check work for any signs of plagiarism. Once work is submitted, it can be compared against a huge database of other essays, articles, websites, etc. to flag any originality issues.

Remote learning tools

Distance learning and online teaching have become more common in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, and could play a larger role in higher education in the years to come.

Cloud-based tools like Google Classroom make sharing, creating, distributing, and grading assignments easier for teachers and students.

Video conferencing solutions like Zoom and Google Meet allow teachers and students to interact and recreate the classroom experience digitally.