Every student has a different capacity to understand and grasp new concepts. As a result, “the one size fits all” model of learning can’t benefit students to excel in their career. Teachers are experimenting with various innovative techniques to deliver personalized learning and technology is helping them achieve this goal.Digitization in education has transformed the way students learn.
Today, digital books and Chromebooks are providing limitless access to resources and fun ways of learning. With the access to the internet, students are developing skills that are necessary for the 21st century.
Providing easy interaction, Chromebooks are creating an effective communication platform for teachers and students. Teachers simply upload the lecture videos on the Google classroom and students can access it from anytime, anywhere. It allows easy tracking of lectures, if a student misses any lecture, then he/she can easily access it online.
But learning is not limited to, digital content like videos and real-time notes. Teachers are integrating technology in their classrooms in various innovative ways. There are different models available that educators have included in their classrooms.
Let’s look at some popular learning models:
Inquiry-based learning is about triggering the curiosity among the students. By feeding information without addressing their curious questions, teachers restrict the scope of self-development. If students are allowed to ask questions, research as well for a given concept, then they tend to grasp new learning quickly.
Inquiry-based learning ideas allow educators to give ownership to students. The sense of responsibility encourages students to learn and search more about the topics. As a result engagement increases amongst students and teachers.
Maria Janet is working with fourth-grade classroom and has implemented inquiry-based learning in her teaching methods. According to her “The hardest thing for a teacher is to give up the control. I wasn’t sure about the outcome but wanted to try it for once. When I initiated my first inquiry-based lesson plan, it was magical. The students who never show interest in the classroom were participating actively”
Let’s talk about some tools that educators are using for effective inquiry-based learning:
The web tool provides interactive virtual boards. The students can post their queries, while peers and teachers can post the answers.
It is an effective tool for teaching mind-mapping to the students. It allows students to learn about creating relationships between the facts, thoughts, and images they have about a certain topic.
Personalized learning program:
Teachers are using personalized learning technology as a reciprocative way of training students to learn independently. It is used to help students achieve their goals and objectives at their own pace.
While talking about this personalized learning classroom, Loren Watson describes how the school has linked all the resources with various departments and students can access all the resources from their iPad. They don’t have to leave the classroom for any kind of resource, even the library is linked with the iPads. Whenever they complete an assignment the teacher checks their efficiency and decides if they are ready to move to the next concept or skill.
The following are the tools Loren has used in his personalized learning model:
• Microsoft OneNote:
It allows easy planning of lessons and organization of course content in the digital notebook. One has easy online and offline access. Teachers can provide real-time feedback and coaching using stored content and can share instant feedback to students.
Classkick is the right tool for the teachers to help them integrate personalized learning in the classrooms. It shows teachers in real time, what exactly the students are doing. Teachers can prepare and update assignments for each student.
Flipped classroom lessons:
Flipped classrooms learning is about the flipping traditional learning method where students learn in the classroom and do lessons at home. In a flipped classroom learning, students are asked to learn through videos or online lectures at home and do the assignments in classrooms.
The teachers create a video lecture for the topic and students can watch the video and discuss it with peers and teachers online. It allows students to learn at their own pace and timing. Students are not forced to focus at a particular time, they can learn whenever they desire to learn and study.
Let’s check the case of St. Xavier’s School, The teachers create an assignment and give the students a list of resources and they research about the concepts and revert back with their research. The students are asked to prepare themselves for quizzes, games, and assignment at home and make learn at home. At school, they do the assignments in teams with the use of resources and search engines.
Following are the tools that you can use for flipped learning:
• TES Teach:
The application is available for desktop as well as mobile apps. It allows storing all the content at one place. The teacher can create interactive and fun lessons from the application, by using the resources available as well as online resources. The students can then access the lessons from the application at any time.
It allows the use of videos from YouTube, Khan Academy, and Crash Course and much more as well as the creation of videos as well. It allows interactive lesson creation and planning with a self-pace feature for students. The teacher can have a track of the students like; how many times the video is being watched by each student or who has watched it and who hasn’t.
The above set of tools and use cases are just a few examples, you can witness a lot more around you. Integrating educational technology into classrooms will not only enhance the learning experience but also collaborates with students with various learning methodologies.
Students today are driving innovation, they have curious minds and are willing to collaborate and experiment with new ways of learning to feed their inquisitive minds.
So this is the time to use technology-driven education and various models that help them grow. Drop us a line if you are looking for EdTech application on firstname.lastname@example.org