WEEK 3 Connecting Student Learning and Technology

WEEK 3 Connecting Student active learningLearning and Technology

Computers are attractive in the eyes of our learners.  Educators of today’s generation should not take for granted the importance of technology in teaching; it is a big challenge to the part of educators to keep students’ enthusiasm in learning.

Using different strategies in learning will create a big impact. This could be possible through the use of technology and variety of strategies. Therefore, different strategies can be employed to develop and hone student’s full potential. Active learning strategies should be maximized in the classroom.

Active learning involves students in doing and thinking things and thinking about what they are doing (Bonwell & Eison ,1991 p.2) . It is also a technique that can be integrated into lecture or any other classroom setting relatively easily. This technique also helps reinforce concepts and skills. It is also provides more feedback from the students.

Here are some good points about active learning:

  • Addresses different student learning styles.
  • Teacher is just a facilitator and students are given time to think, talk, and process ideas.
  • It creates a student centered environment.
  • It also allows collaboration among students.

Some Active Learning Activities:

  • Think Pair and Share
  • Free Write/One minute Paper
  • Question and Answer Pairs
  • Focused Listing
  • Two Column Method
  • Scenarios / Case Studies
  • Reciprocal Questioning
  • Roundtable
  • One stay , Team stray
  • Problem-Based Learning
  • Corners
  • Shared Brainstorming

Integrating Technology and active learning techniques would help students learn effectively.

To know more about active learning please visit these websites:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N3AUFKC25TI

http://www1.umn.edu/ohr/prod/groups/ohr/@pub/@ohr/@ctl/documents/asset/ohr_asset_314707.pdf

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