4 edtech resources to help motivate students

By | 2017-09-04T08:06:00+00:00 July 10th, 2017|For teachers|0 Comments

In this digital age, more and more schools are seeing technology being introduced into the classroom. Whether it be through the use of tablets, educational gaming, online resources or digital portfolios, teachers must adjust their pedagogical methods to stay current with the shift in technology.

Tech serves as an interactive learning tool

Not only are teachers learning to apply these new technologies, but students are also using them to facilitate their own learning processes. Because technology can serve as an interactive learning tool, it makes learning more engaging and fun for students. Students may lose motivation or become withdrawn if they think a lesson is boring or too challenging. Edtech tools like virtual games, lessons and interactive worksheets provide students with an individualistic approach to learning. They become explorers, researchers, problem solvers and creative thinkers.

Tech promotes essential skills in students

Students gain important life skills by working with technology in the classroom. Aside from the obvious technological skillsets needed in many jobs nowadays, students also gain advantages, such as heightened motivation and productivity, critical thinking and research skills. Technology can also help to improve students’ communication and collaboration skills.

For example, engineering students might be tasked to create a functioning facility, such as a school, mall or airport, using Minecraft. Students would have to work together to design, plan, communicate, collaborate and ultimately execute their ideas. Here’s a great example of a similar Minecraft project on Creatubbles.

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Tech helps students better retain information

When using technology, students are likely to find information on their own (perhaps with a bit of guidance from the teacher). For example, if a student is tasked to do a report on tree frogs, they could find their own online resources, interactive worksheets, digital photos and even real-time satellite images of habitats. The access to such an abundance of information will help your students stay interested and driven.

Tech allows students to learn at their own pace

A class of students has a wide range of learning capabilities. Tech helps students to learn in the most efficient way for them. Most applications and interactive sites focus on individual learning. Therefore, students have the ability to learn according to their own capabilities and speed that best suits their needs. Meanwhile, teachers can spend more time with students who may need a bit more support.

4 edtech resources to motivate students

There’s an abundance of free, or little to no cost, digital and online resources available for students. Teachers should choose those that best fit your lessons, difficulty, and general interests of your class. Here are some great tools that teachers should pay attention to:

1. Apps make for powerful educational tools

Apps are a great way for students to have fun while learning. They provide an engaging means of practice for students and help them to solidify their understanding of materials being covered. With the large variety of edtech apps available, teachers are bound to find one that suits the needs and circumstances of each lesson. They also cater to different age groups, so even younger students can benefit from using apps in the classroom.

2. Educational gaming fosters unique approaches to problem solving

Though, there might be an instinct to ban games from the classroom, gaming has given rise to a tremendous amount of educational opportunities. From virtual worlds, like Minecraft to coding games, like Scratch, educational gaming allows students to come up with creative solutions, gain a deep understanding of the task and recognize their own motivations — all while simply having fun.

A Minecraft build of a bridge

“Turtle Bridge Challenge” was shared by creator digital_educator in Italy. The creation was shared in 3 Creatubbles galleries: Creatubbles | Minecraft, Turtle! and Minecraft & Coding – DSC17. The Minecraft creation was created by using different coding languages, such as Scratch, Python and Processing. Teachers can visit the Creatubbles | Minecraft gallery to find project ideas for their own classes.

3. Interactive sites encourage students to perform research

There are many free interactive sites to explore art, science and many other core subjects, through various pedagogical methods. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, for example, has a section dedicated to kids with audio books and talks, an interactive map of the museum with useful information and video instructions for students to complete their own projects. Many sites even have a section dedicated to teachers, with interactive handouts and instructions to guide classes.

4. Creatubbles provides a safe, collaborative space for students

Many online and social platforms contain a wealth of information and opportunities to collaborate. However, open platforms must be monitored and many are not accessible to younger students. Creatubbles is a great way for students to save and share their own creative work, get inspired from other creations, and connect with students all around the world.

Teachers of any discipline can create activities over Creatubbles. For example, language teachers can task students to make their own movies to stream over Creatubbles. Teachers can also create open galleries and invite students from other schools to share creations in. Students can learn online etiquette, ways to digitally communicate and how to collaborate with students from various countries, languages and backgrounds.

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Tish Seabrook. Copywriter at Creatubbles. Writer and former university lecturer. Interests: edtech, STEAM, arts integration. https://ctbl.es/tishseabrook