Becoming a Smart Teacher

Becoming a Smart Teacher


PARAMESWARI JAYAPRAKASH | Teacher, Mahindra World School, Chennai

Parameswari Jayaprakash is a Computer Science teacher at Mahindra World School, Chennai. She has completed her Bachelor of Technology in Information Technology and has 8 years of teaching experience. Parameswari teaches Informatics Practices for senior secondary classes and her lessons utilise technology, giving her students an education that involves professional writing and presentations, internet research, web design and proper communication. She has been selected as the Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert consecutively, for two years.

 


As part of the government's efforts to modernise the education system and to equip students on par with global standards, it has been decided to implement ICT in the curriculum. Even if there is a Smart Class or projectors fi­tted in the classroom, if teachers don't know how to use them, then it is of no use. So, I have listed down a few tips for educators to be aware of a few basic ICT skills and ways to use technology in the classroom. This article will empower educators with a deeper knowledge of how technology integration can enhance the teaching and learning experience, by equipping students with 21st century skills. There are many tools available which can be used by educators for effective teaching. The tool which best suits a concept can be used by teachers in the classroom.
Introducing AI driven features in the educational tools for teachers
What is AI?
Arti­ficial Intelligence (AI) is an area of computer science that emphasises on the creation of intelligent machines that work and react like humans.
Here are some of the activities computers with AI are designed to carry out -
• Speech recognition
• Learning
• Planning
• Problem-solving
AI in PowerPoint
Designer
 
 
 
 
Designer feature helps us to ­find a suitable design for the respective slide based on the picture and the content. In addition to suggesting designs that will immediately update the look and feel of the presentation, Designer also automatically adjusts to match the colour scheme and specifi­c styling of the template that we are using, hence saving our time.
 
 
 
 
 
Translator
 
 
 
 
 
 
Translate text into a different language.
Adobe Stock
 
 
 
 
 
 
Adobe Stock helps us in searching for background images. This provides us with high quality images in a short span of time.
Morph
 
 
 
 
 
 
PowerPoint 2016 has introduced a revolutionary transition effect called Morph. This transition enables presenters to animate multiple parts of a slide, which animate as we switch to the slide.
Real-Time Collaboration
 
 
 
 
 
 
We can now instantly collaborate with other users in real-time and even see what section each user is working on, by sharing the presentations via OneDrive or SharePoint. Furthermore, we can chat with people using Skype for Business right from within PowerPoint. We can also track activities of people collaborating on our presentation using the Activity Pane.
Smart Art
Smart Art allows us to get different types of text alignment and shapes for a presentation.
Learning Tools in MS Word
The Immersive Reader feature helps users on any device to improve their reading skills, including those with dyslexia, dysgraphia, ADHD, emerging readers or a combination of the broad range of unique student abilities.
Learning Tools includes a modifi­ed reader view that utilises techniques provento help people read more effectively, such as:
 
Read Aloud—Reads text aloud with simultaneous highlighting that improves decoding, fluency and comprehension, while sustaining the readers’ focus and attention.
Spacing—Optimises font spacing in a narrow column view to improve reading fluency for users who suffer from visual crowding issues.
Syllables—Shows the breaks between syllables to enhance word recognition and decoding.
Parts of Speech—Supports writing instruction and grammar comprehension by identifying verbs, nouns and adjectives.
This article is committed to harnessing the power of technology to reform education in India and make our teachers future-ready with the essential digital skills. More students are empowered to learn, who in turn may go on to be the creators of even smarter tools to help educate the students of tomorrow.
This article was originally published in TheTeacher.in magazine in the month of July, 2019.