Updated: Sep 30
Technology has greatly revolutionized the world of education, and many developments have been made inside and outside the classroom setting to improve student engagement. During the pandemic, educators and students experienced how important and beneficial it is to incorporate technology in a course curriculum and not just in the ways you’d expect. Technology has become a cornerstone of both good and bad student engagement techniques. Frankly, we all know that the convergence of online learning and face-to-face learning is unavoidable at this point, and we aim to help you understand how to best leverage technology to create the most engaged classroom no matter what your modality technically is.
As we see the rigor and quality of education skewing towards more technology inclusion in the classroom, we also see that instructors and educators are going to be the most proactive players in the redesigning of the educational space.
In the interest of the future of education, a healthy dose of synchronous face-to-face interactions as well as asynchronous online interactions will pose positive outcomes for instructors and students alike. In fact, it’s not a question of “if” online learning styles will be implemented, it’s a question of “how.”
With all the online resources currently available in the ever-changing landscape of education, it would be a waste to not take advantage of them to drive student engagement.
What we Know About Blended Learning in the Future
We are in an age where collaboration, content sharing, and resources are all shared digitally. The use of technology has become an increasingly important component of K-12 education. There has been an increase in the use of internet-based content and resources, as well as knowledge delivery, in course curriculums with 63% of K-12 teachers reporting to have used technology in the classroom every day according to a study by the University of Phoenix College of Education.
Although blended learning has been slower to develop on the K-12 level (in comparison to the higher education setting), changes due to the pandemic suggest that a large part of the future of education will involve providing instruction digitally in tandem with face-to-face instruction.
Blended learning combines the best elements of online and in-person education, therefore, it will likely be the predominant option for students and faculty in the future of educational approaches. Sharing content virtually gives the ability to provide enriching content outside the classroom and extend learning beyond physical classroom walls.
It is also important to mention that students will likely enjoy this new modality of learning. At this point, it is unlikely that students will want to continue learning solely based on textbooks read in the classroom in 50-minute increments, and in the K-12 education setting, students often don’t have the opportunity to opt for fully distanced learning.
Also, student’s who are in K-12 now grew up with technology, so doing things digitally is second nature to them. Optimizing technology in the classroom can teach students important skills like time management and autonomy because the blended approach requires a greater level of self-learning. Although younger generations are already familiar with seeking information online, by including technology in the classroom, teachers can smooth K12 students’ transitions to higher levels of education, where this skill is necessary.
Learn 4 Student Engagement Strategies For Using Technology In a K-12 Classroom
Student engagement is important in the learning journey. Here are some ways to engage students in a K-12 classroom.
1. Integrate Gamified Learning
Quizlet? Kahoot? Cool Math Games? These are all platforms that provide forms of gameful learning for students. One of the best ways to increase a student's willingness to engage is through gameful learning. This type of model actively motivates students to participate in classroom discussions, activities, and lessons. Let’s look to Yellowdig’s platform as an example.