The use of interactive videos in the classroom promises a lot — higher engagement rates, better retention rates, a more exciting learning experience — thanks to it including the biological characteristics of the short attention span and the high level of energy children have. However, it is still far from being the norm in online learning, and especially in most schools.
Officially, any school’s purpose should be to teach students how to learn. The 21st century student should come out of school with a skill set — problem solving, communication, collaboration, digital literacy, ethical skills — that will help them overcome all challenges of the modern workplace.
MOOCs created a storm in higher education , but they still didn’t prove themselves. SPOCs, on the other hand, are closer to the objectives of higher education institutions. They are not a replacement of teachers; SPOCs are teachers’ sidekicks. Also, they pave the way for future more successful MOOCs.
Micro-learning goes hand in hand with the principle “If you can’t beat it, join it”. You can’t beat the shrinking attention span. So you need to adapt to it and deliver smaller chunks of learning content. Your students will be grateful for this.
If we consider technology as an enabler to bridge the gap between the mostly present traditional classroom and the modern and fast-changing world our kids live in, the following tech devices should become part of all classrooms: smart furniture, tablets and WIFI, display technologies, document cameras, and microphones. read on to find out more about each of them.
You know the saying, “Where there’s a will, there’s a way”. Maybe there aren’t too many things a teacher can do to maximize collaboration in the classroom, especially if we consider the physical shortcomings of such a room, but things are not that grim. Read on to find a few suggestions for possible solutions.
With so many distractions around, it’s easy for students to procrastinate and put their courses on the back burner. While the following tips to create engaging courses may not always win the war against procrastination, they can certainly win a battle or two for the teacher/instructional designer.
Working students have their hands full balancing work, school, and their personal lives. The last thing they need is to be held back by compulsory attendance and other inflexible rules some universities still apply. E-learning comes as a breath of fresh air, as it allows busy students to build their careers without neglecting their education. Find out how exactly e-learning can benefit working students.
Games are fun; learning is not. Kids could play games for hours on end, without asking for food and holding their bladder for as much as they can. When it comes to doing homework or studying, on the other hand, things cannot be more different: their attention span gets smaller than a goldfish’ and all physiological needs become the most important things ever.
Learning needs to become more like games if we want schools to better equip our kids for the unknown future. As a teacher, you can successfully include gamification in your class through a number of techniques.
While the concept of personalized learning is a rather old one — teachers have sought to craft instruction to meet individual student needs for generations — the explosion of “smart” technology has only recently begun to make its presence felt in classrooms. Technology and BYOD play an important role in the development of personalized learning. Thanks to all the technological advances, creating the environment for customized learning experiences doesn’t seem like an effort of gargantuan proportions (as it was in the past) but rather a manageable task.