The school year is off and running and the digitization of content that we all were quickly thrown into nearly two years ago, is here to stay. As teachers, educators, parents, and students adapted to digital learning and developing knowledge from a distance, some trends that emerged may make all the difference in how students learn and re-engage with school.
More and more students are preferring to learn through content that is clear, concise, and easy to remember – usually less than 5 minutes long. These micro lessons or microlearning refers to meeting the specific needs of students through short lessons, often using multimedia forms of content such as interactive videos, infographics, or podcasts, just to name a few. The tools used for these types of short lessons could be social media, online courses, virtual classrooms, etc.
Remember the days when the teacher would roll in an old TV on a cart and students would instantly get excited because they knew they would be learning through watching a video? Whether it was in science class learning about the rainforest or in English class watching the adaptation of a Shakespeare play you just read, video was effectively utilized in teaching and still is today - it just looks a little different these days! In recent years, tools like YouTube in education and other video learning tools have developed some key trends:
- Adapted to smartphones
- Interactivity is present in many videos
- Short and goal-oriented content
- Quiz embedded in the video to capture the student’s attention
- Multiple platforms to make the streaming experience complete
Video is one of the most popular ways students engage with content and each other.
Another form of video learning is using video games in teaching. Gamification is another emerging trend gaining popularity. Adding elements of gamification to both online and in-classroom learning creates similar experiences for all students that motivate them to learn and engage with the material being taught. It also helps develop soft skills associated with students’ behavior, social relationships, and emotion management. Students get excited when they have a shared and vested interest!
Integrated Whole Classroom
The Covid-19 pandemic caused educators, parents, and students to integrate multiple technologies for successful digital learning. Online classrooms through Zoom, platforms like Google Classroom, learning management systems where students could access high-quality content, interactive applications, and strategies to keep students interested, all played a part to make the digital classroom feel immersive and engaging. According to an article by Tech & Learning:
A calls out that it isn’t who or even what you teach but rather how you teach that makes the difference in learning outcomes. The study was conducted at the university level but can apply to all levels K-20. Polling, response apps, small group instruction, collaborative activities, and peer instruction are some of the effective strategies identified in active learning. Evidence shows that experience teaching matters because teachers with experience using technology as a primary teaching tool are more likely to incorporate effective instructional strategies into the online environment, which yields higher student outcomes.
All these integrated technology components, along with a teacher who is well-equipped and willing to learn how the technology connects, can be used online and brought into the physical classroom to continue to incorporate these learning strategies for students.
EdTech Solutions leverages education technology to improve learning by making it easy and simple for schools and students to manage and access individualized digital content on any device. EdTech’s cutting-edge approach to schoolwide ebook implementation and our innovative online platform and tools give school administrators and teachers the controls they need while providing students and parents with access to all their content on one easy-to-use platform with a single login, in most cases.
When you work with us, we create a personalized bookstore for your school where students can access and purchase their ebooks and textbooks on Shelfit.com. We also help publishers make their content available digitally to students on our robust multi-publisher ebook reader platform. We strongly believe that knowledge and good education should be available to all, and we are committed to developing and providing the online learning tools and modern services that make it possible.