The use of technology in the classroom is a hot subject right now. Terms such as m-learning, e-learning, blended learning, the flipped classroom, etc. are being used on a daily basis. These buzzwords are tossed around on Twitter and LinkedIn as revolutionary brand-new solutions to education challenges, but in reality what is most likely is that instructors are really interested in what they always have been, which is to improve their students’ understanding and retention of the material being taught.
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While technology is not traditionally considered the cornerstone of the classic ascertain milieu, the times are changing as academies invest in technology more than ever before. This challenge has resulted in the creation of products and services custom-built for classrooms with the end-goal of using technology to enhance the learning environment, rather than distracting from it. So how can coaches leverage engineering to serve the age-old challenge to increase student engagement? We’ve come up with a few tips-off based on internal and external sources.
1. Shorten lesson start time
‘Make the most of class time’ is a nearly universal mantra for teachers, and rightly so. In practice, this means starting class on time and placing the expectation for students that once the buzzer hoops, it’s time to get to work. But as teaching becomes more prevalent in the classroom, getting started instantly makes on a new dimension that can be challenging.
In a recent investigation, we found that delays due to technical rigors are a big roadblock to productivity in the workplace, and we suspect the same is true for technology in the classroom. So when evaluating classroom technology, be sure the answer backings quick startup time and ease-of-use in order to grab students’ notice quickly and keep it throughout the class.
2. Leverage all those pesky smartphones & devices
Whether you like it or not, portable technology to stay, and your students are to be able to make their mobile machines into the classroom. This can constitute a challenge for schoolteachers with a classroom full of digital countrymen who invest literally hours on their telephones and tablets every day.
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These devices can easily become a distraction – but they don’t have to be. In knowledge, expending portable machines for studying/collaboration in the classroom can help achieve very positive outcomes. In one study, over 65% of students responded that using their portable maneuvers for academic intents increased communication with faculty and other students.
The truth is modern students are highly involved while exerting their portable designs, and that fact is unlikely to change. In the classroom, portable inventions can either be a distraction from the lesson content or they can be used to increase student engagement with the lesson material when those maneuvers are used properly. Long story short, don’t contend a losing battle against all those tablets and smartphones; instead, leverage them in the classroom as utensils for broader engagement. But it’s totally prohibited to bring the mobile phone in the classroom.
3. Flip the classroom
The’ flip-flop’ discover mannequin is a relatively new pedagogy that is quickly growing in popularity, predominantly due to its substantiated success rate. The perception of students viewing teaches at home and spending class day collaborating on assignments with teacher advice is one that aims to maximize class time and resources in order to be effective. This methodology presents yet another opportunity to incorporate engineering for even greater efficiency and effectiveness.
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Classroom collaboration technology enables information to flow efficiently and naturally between students and the instructor. This allows the focus to stay on the coursework and allows students and coaches to work together as a group in real-time. Efficient use of the method used has been shown to increase retention of teaching substance and boost delivering rate.
One critical requirement for any effective understand environment is to facilitate student engagement. The reason is that the retention of learned cloth is predicated on students become engaged when the information is delivered. So start your readings instantly, leveraging the digital devices with which they are already familiar, and throw the classroom to facilitate student participation in assignments and activities. All of these things will help to create an interactive learning experience that enhances engagement.