Educators are constantly trying to find ways to make their learning environment more innovative and interesting for students. One way to get students engaged in learning is through eLearning tools. We live in a technology-abundant world where today’s students are surrounded by digital. From messaging friends to using apps to find directions, students are used to the convenience of having access to information. Incorporating this access to your classroom can help you get students engaged as well as activate knowledge they already have to help them learn new concepts.
Here are five ways to bring innovation through eLearning to your classroom:
- Interactive Video Learning: The rise of online courses and eLearning opportunities have made it possible for students all over the world to connect with instructors from completely different countries or regions. This globalization of education through technology has also made it easy for institutions to find teachers from all over the world to conduct online courses. Many institutions now rely on online courses to reach students from all over the world and use lessons based on video conferencing with teachers either through Skype, Google Hangouts, or other various video chatting platforms. Instructing students online through video has as many challenges as it brings positives. Although you might not be meeting in real life, your students can see every movement you make and video chatting actually heightens small gestures that might be more forgivable in-person. Body language can tell a lot about a person and hiring committees are always looking for teachers who have the ability to translate their engaging teaching skills through video and online platforms. Remember, to keep students interested in new ways of learning they must remain engaged throughout the process.
- Using Gamification For Lessons: For educators and their students, hours in a classroom can be draining and scheduled time for distractions can help break up the strain many students feel from a long day. However, scheduled distraction time does not have to mean the learning process stops. Implementing time to allow students to use games for their learning can help them be more engaged in the learning process. Gamification can also show students that learning does not have to be in the traditional form of worksheets or lectures. Innovative learning involves trying new methods, such as turning learning into gaming.
- The Blended Classroom: The blended or flipped classroom allows teachers to implement technology into their classroom in an unconventional way. While most classes might have concepts and lectures in-person and online activities to supplement or apply learned concepts, the flipped classroom reverses the roles of the teacher and online learning platforms. Teachers provide videos online and present concepts on online platforms, so that in-person class time is spent delving deeper into those concepts and conducting activities that apply the concepts being learned. This version of a hybrid classroom allows teachers and students to spend more time together and is more student-centred learning.
- Reinventing Storytelling: Storytelling is an important part of learning for students of all ages. From elementary to university students, the power of the story is no doubt an important tool to get students excited and interested in learning. Storytelling in the digital age is being reinvented to incorporate social media platforms and online tools meant to engage audiences.
- Encouraging Students To Be Content Creators: Along with using digital storytelling in the classroom. Educators can encourage students to be content creators by creating their own stories and content online. This can help students be more motivated to learn as they see their own work being accessed on the web and impacting a greater community. Teachers need to be careful not to teach technology but to use technology as a tool for creation and a medium for learning. This can help students learn important skills they will likely need in the future for their careers.
Incorporating technology in the classroom is not just about having students complete work online. There needs to be purpose for incorporating tech, educators should know why they are having their students work with this medium not just for the sake of incorporate technology. Technology in teaching should be used to enhance learning and to supplement concepts as well as motivate students to be engaged in their education.
By Vera Marie Reed
Vera Marie Reed is freelance writer living in Glendale, California. This mother of two specializes in education and parenting content. When she’s not delivering expert advice, you can find her reading, writing, arts, going to museums and doing craft projects with her children.