Engaging with your students is an essential part of being a successful organization and, in this digital era, technology can help you do just that. While student engagement ranges student-to-student and what works for one may not work for another, a range of technology-complimented student engagement tactics can help get as many students engaged as possible. For example, while some may not like the idea of blogs, having their lessons available on their smartphones might do the trick.
Here are 5 ways to use technology to engage with your students:
There are so many great ways to enhance your lessons with technology. With the simple use of a projector, you can add video, sound, and pictures to help drive home your teachings. A lecture or class primarily with words on a screen and narrating can be a recipe for student disengagement. Ensure this doesn’t happen by mixing it up; the variety will benefit the learning environment, leading to more student engagement.
Mobile and Cloud Services
This doesn’t mean you have to necessarily create your own app. Many industries already an app that you and your students would love, within your field of study. This can be incredibly useful in supplementing and/or complimenting your lesson plans. Another way mobile can help is by the use of cloud services or integrated email, such as PerfectMind’s Lounge and email systems. This enables your students to have lesson plans, lecture notes, and other material available wherever they are.
Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and other social media networks can be great platforms for engagement. Twitter can be used to update your students or spur discussions that are short form, whereas a Facebook group can be used for discussions of greater lengths, class schedules and recommendations. Pinterest can be used for subject matter that is highly visual and can benefit from reference points all over the internet.
Student blogs can serve many purposes. First, it can provide an outlet of wisdom from the student. Second, it allows an introverted student to create an online entry where they can formulate their thoughts by themselves, yet share that wisdom with the rest of the class. This is a huge source of empowerment for your students, as they now have a platform to develop and discuss their ideas; think about the boost to engagement this can give the right student.
The great thing about technology is that it can connect us to people we wouldn’t normally be able to connect with. For example, you could connect with a yoga instructor in India and have them participate in a lesson. You could have an inspirational guest lecturer from England talking to your class. There are many ways to engage your students with technology and this is one that was not possible without tech.
Now that you have five ways to use technology to engage with your students, check out PerfectMind’s CEO Farid Dordar’s lecture at MISA BC’s annual conference this year on 5 Ways to Improve your Business Processes Using Smart Technology. It was incredibly insightful and you really get to see the philosophies behind why and how we do what we do.
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