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How Do You Make Individualized Connections To Your Students Via Online Learning?
We continue learning new ways to transform our students’ learning environment. Modern content and network technologies are being woven into the fabric of every school, community, and organization. And according to the Department of Education, with the cost of building a new facility skyrocketing, many schools are looking for ways to reduce costs and improve student performance.
One place where innovation is making a difference is in digital learning, where teachers and learners have begun to connect in new ways. Technology has fundamentally changed the way we do business, education, and medicine, and students have begun to take advantage of all that is available to them. Here are a few of the most compelling ways technology is being used to enhance learning.
Individualized Learning Over Any Virtual Loop
Today, many schools are looking for ways to produce high quality, engaging, and meaningful experiences for their students, to augment the existing program and curriculum. Meanwhile, education institutions, civic groups, and organizations such as nonprofits are looking for ways to create more effective teaching opportunities with proven efficacy.
Digital Learning, all-based learning, and blended learning all promote approaches to learning which are personalized and relevant. As a result, teachers are able to connect with students in new ways that focus on student learner engagement. While teachers work with limited resources and support, they are able to cultivate and nurture student engagement while engaging different students in different ways.
And that is where digital learning comes in. With adaptive learning, teachers are able to adapt learning plans so that all students learn the material, to help close the performance gaps that exist in today’s schools. In many instances, students are able to use skills they’ve learned at home in the classroom to help them learn new material. In turn, the experiences they can create and share with their classmates and educators strengthen ties among them. And the results are remarkable. For example, elementary school students who are paired with teachers who share their learning styles, attitudes, interests, and approaches to instruction can demonstrate higher levels of learning and retention in math and language arts, as well as decrease their exposure to over-emphasized or risky subjects like science, economics, and geography.
But it is no longer enough for all students to simply take what is provided to them. Effective instruction has to be fresh, fresh, fresh. The bar keeps raising, and the best educators are drawing on best practices, jumpingstart careers, and personally connecting with their students. In short, educators are leveraging technology in ways that have never been possible before.
Personalized, Wide-Spread Learning in All Areas
As the application of digital learning continues to grow, so does the commitment to social equity. Students and teachers in the poorest communities across the country have been empowered to tap into new learning resources and be part of their communities’ innovative initiatives. In fact, groundbreaking organizations like the Ed School make it possible for students in underserved communities to use technology in ways that will challenge traditional schools and transform their future.
Additionally, many schools across the country are harnessing the power of the internet to foster inclusivity. Education leaders are partnering with social scientists and education research centers around the country to facilitate the learning of new technologies and techniques, how to evaluate an educational program, and how to optimize an educational system through monitoring and analytics.
There is an all-hands-on-deck approach occurring across the nation that emphasizes interoperability, widespread use, inclusivity, and accessibility to millions of students across the country. How do you define inclusivity? For some, it is students learning relevant skills; for others, it is the opportunity to have immediate connections to highly specialized learning resources; for still others, it is belonging, acceptance, and comfort.
For every student, there are endless pathways to unique learning opportunities and pathways to success. But in the world we live in, there are many digital learners. And many innovative organizations and schools recognize the need to support all students, especially the disadvantaged, with the ability to use technology to their advantage. It is remarkable to watch how positive results can come together to redefine access and access to a world-class education.