EdTech Highlight: Creating a Modern Classroom with Wacom

EdTech is pushing the boundaries of what teachers can do to accelerate learning. Choosing new tools to evolve your lessons and better engage students can be mindboggling—the possibilities seem endless. In part 3 of a new 4-part blog series, we’ll be looking at digital teaching tips for creating dynamic lessons.

We’ll also highlight Wacom tablets, a remote-ready tool that lets teachers incorporate interactivity into their lessons using popular educational software they may already be using.

Harness the benefits of visual learning

Studies have shown that visuals can boost memory recall by up to 65% (Sh!ft). This makes videos a stellar option for creating memorable lessons. Think beyond videos too. Drawing is another fabulous choice for engaging students.

You can use Wacom tablets to replace traditional whiteboards and recreate the best of in-person classes: real-time idea sharing and collaboration. The Wacom One is the perfect tool for digital whiteboards. The pen never needs charging and it’s designed to be comfortable to write on: no sticky, cold screens that you normally experience.

For those who want to experiment with digital white boarding, but aren’t ready to draw on screen, try a Wacom Intuos. It’s light and small, so it’s easy to throw it in a backpack if you’re ready to move the home office from the dining room to the kitchen.

You can also Wacom tablets to annotate recorded PPT slide presentations or draw attention to slide content as you present in real time, or even support formative assessments by highlighting or marking areas you want them to focus on studying more.

Watch how easy it is to teach math interactively with Wacom from a fellow teacher!

Kim Gardner is a middle grade math teacher at Dixon Middle School in Provo, Utah, and is entering her 30th year in education. When schools abruptly had to switch to virtual learning, she began using Zoom, her laptop and her Intuos tablet to share her screen with students during remote classes online and have her students take notes “like we always did in class” (Wacom).

Watch Kim explain how she uses Wacom for class.

Want more digital teaching tips?

Tune in to VAR Connections next Wednesday for part 4 of EdTech Highlight: Creating a Modern Classroom with Wacom. You can also catch part 1 of this series that explores engaging students with storytelling or part 2 that examines flipped classroom models.

We’d love to hear from you! How do you use visuals in your teaching? Share with us in the comments below.

Sources:

http://changingminds.org/explanations/learning/active_learning.htm

https://www.shiftelearning.com/blog/bid/350326/studies-confirm-the-power-of-visuals-in-elearning

https://community.wacom.com/eu/europe/5-ways-to-use-wacom-to-support-formative-assessment/

https://community.wacom.com/us/remote-ready-tools-for-teaching-middle-school-math/

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