Just because something is getting a sudden burst of attention, does not mean it’s a passing fad. And that’s what we’ve tried to prove about social learning over the past few weeks. (Ex: Myth 1 – Social learning isn’t new!)
So, what gives social learning this broad appeal and staying power? Multiple studies and stories confirm students’ increased immersion in technology gives them the experiences, relationships, and stimulation that helps them stay better engaged in their learning experience, plus these technologies are something they are increasingly unable to live without.
Social learning is not going away, and in fact, it will continue to be bolstered by technology and students’ adoption of it.
Our fourth and final myth busted here: Social Learning Doesn’t Have Broad Appeal
We all know that people learn in different ways, at different paces, and with different strengths. Classroom teachers work hard to incorporate all of these differences into their plans and create successful personalized learning experiences for each student. Now, more and more students carry with them a tool that can help teachers with this challenge. Students are not the only ones who are more likely to be using mobile devices to accomplish tasks – parents, teachers, and administrators are too.
Summer is wrapping up. You’ve put away the inflatable pool, put the cover on the grill and you’re getting ready to retire your t-shirts and shorts: school is about to begin again. Back-to-school season is the perfect time to prepare for new online students and take into consideration how to engage active learners.
We’ve put together our top three ways to prepare for online higher-education students, as they return to the digital classroom:
Q: How do you engage today’s active learner? A: Use an image!
As you prepare to go back to school, we thought we’d share some important data about just how much students retain. The bad news – it’s just a fraction! The good news – visual aids can dramatically increase the fraction! Take a look…
How can you use this information? Supplement your teaching to include more images. Pinterest is flooded with great images and infographics. Where do you look for great multi-media? Share your thoughts in the comment section below or click here to learn more about the Active Learner
This won’t come as a surprise to anyone who has been in a classroom recently – but a recent survey of college students
found that 40% cannot go more than 10 minutes without using some sort of digital technology and 67% cannot go more than an hour. In a world where the gear and gadgets you have matter so much that you can’t go without
– we’ve got to make sure we are moving towards classroom policies and lessons that embrace and leverage the bring your own device (BYOT) culture.
Of course, as with any cultural shift, we should consider all the pros and cons of this level of tech adoption. One example in particular is setting the groundwork for safe and productive use. Last month the New York City Public School system laid out their digital rules for teachers