What is the Importance of Student Engagement Technologies?

Tina Rosen, Education Technology Insights | Friday, February 05, 2021

Modern teaching strategies are harnessing technology's power to enhance student engagement and an individualized approach to learning.

FREMONT, CA: The use of information technology in modern teaching looks set to grow further. The growth of education technology impacts both students and teachers. For teachers, information technology can form a crucial part of their teaching style. They might use online resources, software programs, or apps to help their students engage with and learn concepts from various curriculum areas. For students, information technology in the classroom may boost engagement, although this has yet to be conclusively proven. When it comes to increasing student engagement, there are many technology-based learning options. Here’s just a few,

The flipped classroom model

This model involves students preparing for class at home by listening to podcasts, doing readings, and watching videos. An online platform is used to deliver materials that students access their home computer or school device. Classroom time is then used to discuss and interact with the materials. This method can be highly engaging. The downside is that it depends on having adequate technology and family support at home, which can disadvantage some students.

Online quizzes

Speaking of quizzes, several online ones allow students to practice and review their learning materials. Quizlet, for instance, is an online flashcard platform offering individual review games and an interactive mode where students can work in teams to get the right answers.

Similarly, Quizizz provides individual quizzes on various topics, allowing students to work independently or compete against classmates.

Technology-based assignments

Rather than having them deliver old-fashioned paper essays, some teachers encourage students to use technology to demonstrate their learning. Having them create podcasts and videos allow students to develop new skills, display their creativity, and demonstrate their knowledge. With most smartphones having cameras and voice recording apps, it’s easy to make videos and podcasts, which can then be shared on YouTube or Soundcloud.

Virtual/augmented reality

This highly interactive tool opens up realms of possibility, allowing students to experience learning in a way never previously possible. For example, students can take a 3D tour of the human body or virtually visit different places and times.

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