Digital video and social sharing sites have become some of the most popular ways in which students today access information and educational tools. You can find almost anything on the web, from how to change out the cracked screen on your phone to how to calculate the volume of an object.
Since millennials make up a whopping 92 percent of the digital video viewing audience, it makes sense that keeping up with the latest technologies inside the classroom will help to keep your students more engaged, involved and enthusiastic.
Technology also allows us to try things in physical and virtual classrooms that we never thought were possible before. It transforms the learning experience. Improving student engagement can be achieved with some of these technologies:
Interactive Presentation Software
Gone are the days of boring in-class lectures and student presentations. No matter the topic, there are countless presentation software programs available so you can take your presentation to the next level. You want to offer your audience a mix of stunning visuals and engaging animations to keep their attention and get them engaged in what you're covering.
We’re not just talking about PowerPoint. There are many free software programs you can utilize to deliver eye-catching visuals and effects. Some of best PowerPoint alternatives include Prezi, Powtoon, Apple Keynote and Canva.
Note-Taking and Dictation Software
Many students find it difficult at times to write down and organize the most important details from a lecture or presentation. One of the most effective ways students are now organizing and taking notes in the classroom is through apps. The average typing speed falls between 35 and 45 words per minute, which tends to be much faster than traditional hand-written notes.
These apps allow you to more easily go back through and organize your notes after your classroom lecture has ended, too. Institutions might consider providing their students with a license for dictation software. Doing so may encourage enrollment and communicate to prospects that there’s more to your classes than sitting for lectures, scribbling notes and studying all night from badly chicken-scratched notebooks. Some of the top apps include Evernote, Google Keep, Hackpad, Apple Notes, Bear, Ulysses and Simplenote.
Video has been shown to greatly increase student engagement, which in turn helps boost their overall achievement. When students become more interested in the material, they process the information more effectively. But why not take it a step further?
Interactive videos give teachers and students additional ways to explore new ways to practice non-linear thinking. Video — even the interactive sort — may not be meant to replace traditional learning materials in the classroom. However, it does stand a good chance of eliciting more thoughtfulness and emotional engagement if students feel they are a part of an experience rather than passively witnessing one.