Whether your students are aged four or fourteen, we’ve all seen technology captivate and distract in the learning environment.
One of the keys to using technology for the greater good in education (and at home) is to recognise the benefits of the digital age on the developing mind. While we can certainly attest to the power of a screen in soothing a fussy child or moody teen; interactive flat panel technology can also open possibilities for learning we couldn’t even imagine before. Let’s take a look at some of these:
Taking kids to new places
Children around the world can be linked through interactive technology. An emphasis on responsible global citizenship develops empathy, imagination, knowledge and unity in children and adults alike. Students in your classroom can connect live with students in other classrooms, create content for others to respond to, or explore new places using high-quality video and images.
Promoting independence and innovation
Interactive technology allows kids and teens to make their way through self-marking activities and linked learning opportunities. The possibilities are plentiful, from ‘choose-your-own-adventure’ tasks to creating a game for other kids to play. In our experience, any child who is encouraged to innovate using technology is a child better prepared for flourishing in our digital world.
We’ve seen this work beautifully in a History classroom, where students were given an end of semester project with a broad focus on what they had learned. These students created visually engaging, delightfully original and fascinating resources for other students to explore and learn from.
Tailoring learning to specific skills and interests
Is your child or student a keen artist? Let them explore their drawing using a touchscreen – their work can be saved and accessed whenever, and the variety of textures and colours available for them to use can be almost infinite.
Likewise, a child who is a keen mathematician can enjoy a variety of interactive games to extend their learning.
Optimism and an enthusiasm for learning new things are all you need to get started using interactive flat panels in your classroom. After all, support from other teachers and parents is only a click away – and we have advances in technology to thank for that!