In a world where you can video chat with someone on a different continent any time you want, it’s difficult to understand why schools and prestigious institutions still use outdated education techniques.
We have information at our fingertips and carry powerful devices in our pockets, and yet, we still make our children follow rigid educational paths that don’t make sense anymore. Schools should inspire young minds by allowing them to be as creative and as logical as they want. Instead, the curriculum in many countries all over the world follows the same steps used on our parents and even grandparents!
Now, we know change comes with difficulty and that the educational system in many countries is a mammoth that takes time to tweak. Still, there are ways to change the way your kids get their education by using alternative techniques that are a better fit for the modern world.
Below we’ll describe some education techniques that proved useful in schools, institutions, or even in at-home learning all over the globe.
The current education system has children and students memorize mind-numbing facts, texts, and theorems that make learning a dreaded activity. However, according to Sugata Mitra, an educational researcher, if we allow children to be curious about a subject, the learning shifts from tedious to extremely interesting.
In his TED talk, the researcher describes a series of experiments that took place in South Africa, Italy, and New Delhi, where the children were allowed to learn on themselves (with guidance from a teacher when they wanted it). The results were impressive and demonstrate that we don’t need to force kids to learn when the topic is interesting!
Kids nowadays are born into technology and they learn how to use a smartphone before the age of three. They also learn about the internet, social media, and all sorts of cool other stuff at an early age, which is why learning comes easier when it’s offered through modern channels.
For instance, eLearning platforms are a fantastic way to learn! Moreover, they are accessible to adults, teenagers, students, and children all over the world, as long as they have an Internet connection!
With these platforms, you can get a graduate degree online or you can learn how to code or how to work with Photoshop. But there are a lot more topics available, such as business, marketing (online and offline), engineering, web design, law, and so on.
Not to mention, there are specialized platforms that pique kids’ interest in science, math, or literature!
Learn with Gamification
Gamification (or learning based on game elements such as quests, rewards, simulations, and more) is a valid educational method used even by large corporations.
Gamification in schools is a powerful teaching technique that helps get rid of worksheets, marks, and silently watching a teacher explain things. Gamification lets kids and students get their hands dirty
(both literally and figuratively) and experience the subject of their learning.
Through games, we make learning fun and we teach children about communication, thinking under pressure, and creating a plan. Later in life, these are the skills that will be useful and not the text-heavy books you had to carry all-through high school!
Using Modern Devices
We already mentioned modern channels, such as eLearning platforms, but educators also get good results when they use modern devices.
For instance, children, teenagers, and students spend a lot of time on their phone, watching YouTube videos and browsing social media. Well, a good teacher can turn the smartphone from a distracting device into one that’s used for learning.
By connecting with your students on social media and recommending them video materials that are related to what you teach in class, you make them curious and interested. True, not everyone will respond enthusiastically, but different kids/students need different approaches.
Videos can also be used in class, on a laptop or a tablet. According to studies movement, films, and other media materials are well-accepted in a teaching environment.
We live in a blessed era, where information is readily available in all types of formats. So why not use this advantage and let young generations experience learning in a different manner?