by Abby Johnson
Sing it from the rooftop -- tradition prevails! Why fix something that isn’t broken? What crazy trend is happening now in education? If you’ve found yourself uttering these thoughts, you’re not alone. Education is changing... for the better! Educators need to be ready to keep up with the changes in order to best prepare their students for the ever-advancing world around us. Quality online education is no longer something we can associate with space-travel, hoverboards, and cloning -- as a thing of the future. In fact, we’ve tackled all of those things already; we’ve been to the moon; hoverboards have been invented; and have you met Dolly? The future is now, and by embracing it, we can push students to achieve things greater than we ever imagined and teach them what they need to know to grow potatoes on Mars.
Online learning is also tackling the issue of low student engagement. Long gone are the days of simply watching video lectures. Instead, these courses are turning to games, puzzles, and interactive simulations to enhance the learning experience. Are your students learning about space? Why not have them complete a space exploration simulation, filled with audio from real missions? Additionally, by having students engage with the material in new ways, educators are challenging them to really process and apply important learning concepts. If the space unit continues, why not turn to some footage of astronaut training? This will make a far, far away concept come to life for your students. Additionally, online learning materials are designed to incorporate interactive formative assessments in these resources. Think of an entertaining video that has pop up text boxes throughout, prompting students to consider different points and answer questions as they go along.Online learning is changing the way we think about education; it’s challenging educators to take control of their lesson plans and create relevant, engaging material for students. Technology itself cannot support an entire generation of learners; instead, it requires the help of dedicated teachers who want to prepare their students for what lies ahead. This preparation can begin today, as we begin opening our classrooms to the world around us and take learning beyond the four walls of a traditional brick-and-mortar school.
Abby Johnson is a Subject Matter Expert at Spider Learning, Inc.