When used thoughtfully, social media and the internet can be used by students to boost productivity and learning. It can be easy for children to get distracted by social media and fall into the habit of using the internet solely for entertainment. So, how can parents and educators encourage kids to start learning with technology? We asked 3 experts to share their best tips for using technology in a positive way that is educational and productive.
1. Leverage micro video lessons
Adrian Ridner, Study.com, @Studydotcom
Because of YouTube, Vimeo, Snapchat, etc., students are used to watching short videos to stay informed, but that information is not verified and can be unreliable. Education sites and apps are starting to revamp their expert lessons, so their video explanations do not simply feature a talking head. By offering animated micro video lessons created by experts, products like Study.com are engaging students from every grade level. 5-minute video lessons will lead future education trends in micro learning because they are the perfect length for students with a short attention span. Plus, mobile apps make it even easier for students to open their phone and study whenever they have a few free minutes.
Micro lessons break concepts into short, digestible chunks, so it helps parents reinforce concepts when at home and teachers emphasize concepts taught in class. Videos engage students that don’t learn easily from traditional classroom lectures or textbooks while also providing clear, simplified explanations to complex topics.
2. Demonstrate your learning
Edward Steinhauser, Woodrow Wilson High School, @MrSteinhauser
We want our students to graduate and enter the world with the 21st Century skills needed to be successful in our competitive, global market. Technology provides an opportunity for students to grow in their critical thinking, collaborative and creative skills. With the use of this tool, students can experience new ideas and demonstrate their learning in ways that were unforeseen before the incorporation of digital technology.
3. Improve reading efficiency
Abby Marks Beale, Rev It Up Reading
One unexpected tech tool is the Rev It Up Reading online speed reading course. This online course has proven tools and strategies that help students achieve success and tame their academic reading workload. Reading efficiency and effectiveness are essential for coping with the deluge of online and offline reading students face. This course improves speed, comprehension and retention of information read. It comes with a Free Trial which includes free tools anyone can use immediately to speed up their reading.