It’s time to embrace new technologies in our teaching methods

Project-based learning, experiential learning, & collaborative learning environments   Preparing for the future of education means that we need to be open to new ideas…

It’s time to embrace new technologies in our teaching methods

Project-based learning, experiential learning, & collaborative learning environments

 

Preparing for the future of education means that we need to be open to new ideas and willing to change our approach to teaching and learning. Simply exploring ways to use AI to do the same things we’ve always done in education may not be sufficient to prepare for the future.

 

Human interaction is still so important

AI has the potential to transform many aspects of education, from personalised learning to automated grading and feedback. However, relying solely on AI to improve education overlooks the importance of human interaction and creativity in the learning process.

 

Embracing new technologies and teaching methods

Shifting paradigms in education means rethinking our approach to teaching and learning, and embracing new technologies and teaching methods. This might involve a move towards project-based learning, experiential learning, or collaborative learning environments. It might also involve integrating new technologies, such as virtual and augmented reality, into the classroom.

Project-based learning

Project-based learning is a student-centred teaching method that involves the creation and completion of a project that engages students in solving a real-world problem or addressing a complex question. We built Digitize with exactly this in mind – our platform delivers project based learning teaching digital skills and in the context of the digital world. We think it’s important to teach students what a digital world looks like rather than just applying technology to existing teaching practices, like using a word processor to write essays instead of pen and paper.

Whilst this kind of learning has its place – particularly in terms of the accessibility benefits – it’s important to recognise that students need to be taught context, and how they might actually use tech in their future. 

Experiential learning

Experiential learning involves the learner actively participating in the learning process by engaging in activities such as observation, reflection, experimentation, and problem-solving. This approach to learning is often contrasted with more traditional forms of learning, which focus on passive absorption of information through lectures, readings, and exams. The goal of experiential learning is to help learners develop practical skills and knowledge that they can apply in real-world settings, and to foster a deeper understanding and appreciation of the subject matter being studied.

Collaborative learning

In collaborative learning, students are expected to work together, share their ideas and perspectives, and communicate effectively to reach a consensus or achieve a common objective. Classrooms provide a great environment for collaboration, and it was feared that we might lose this post-pandemic. If we learned anything from the pandemic, it’s that using tech to collaborate is key because we can work with anyone, anywhere, at any time. Things like group projects and presentations have never been easier for students to create since they can collaborate in real time in the cloud. 

 

Ultimately, preparing for the future of education requires a willingness to experiment and adapt, and a recognition that education is about more than just acquiring knowledge – it’s about developing the skills and attitudes necessary to thrive in an ever-changing world.

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