Planning for a course may be easier than ever! A lot of universities and colleges now offer online learning options to ensure that you’re up to date.
Online Learning How To Plan Follow The Syllabus
The first piece of homework my high schooler created that I don’t recall doing was a computer research assignment. She listed out the real names of everyone in her math class and explained how I could save her class a lot of time by keeping a few key words in mind when planning out the final math class assignment. Most people can use this homework/exercise at least half a dozen times a day. When given the guidance, it’s like someone has stopped what you’re doing to give you answers.
And what a difference! When I ask for a few key words in the conversation, instead of freaking out because I’m such a terrible talker, my kid can give me a logical, clear answer and a quick, valuable lesson.
So, if you’re being tough on your kids, consider getting them a digital computer. Here are a few things to teach your kids about what to expect when they become academically active learners.
What Is The Fun?
The biggest challenge to any online learning experience is making sure the lessons feel like fun. It can feel difficult to prove your case to a textbook purist who fears you’re teaching kids something they already know. But think about it—what fun is there in sitting through a lecture? I say bring in the teachers and use their methods, or choose the tools you feel are missing from the curriculum and use them yourself.
This tip I hope you’ll find in the examples at the bottom of this post are based on a recent comprehensive study. There are hundreds of methodologies that drive learning, and one of the most popular ways to learn is through games.
We wanted to examine this concept to make sure the homework you’re putting into practice is appropriate, in line with the curriculum, and beneficial to the learner. You can’t do this with just any curriculum, and nothing will ever be suitable for a 9-year-old.
So, here’s a little list of a few things you can give your kid when he’s trying to learn online. This list is going to be ever-changing, but you can expand this list based on data and research.
For elementary school grades, homework that is aligned to standard algorithms and model code can be created with sites like Code In The Classroom (CITC) and TheyreLearning (TheyreLearning is an in-school program for teacher-led adult learning). CITC is an example of open-source technology that can be developed and used for this purpose.
For middle and high school grades, here are some other proven, reliable methods.
InnerBits Education Based Software is a great resource for grades 9-12. The platform includes a developer’s kit for the creation of lessons, and another that can be used in conjunction with the Knewton Ecosystem to create custom-based education programs. The platform already has thousands of tons of examples and tools, and a free, open-source curriculum system. (Available as a free web-based tool.)
WeKnewton is a developer of online education software that helps students learn at their own pace. Individual lessons can be created with a simple drag-and-drop process, and multiple lessons can be integrated together for a cohesive experience. (Available as a web-based tool.)
Innovative Reading is a collection of games, activities, quiz books, books, and quizzes that focus on bringing books to life. (Available as a web-based tool.)
Other Fun Things
Some of the most common methods to learn online are guided discovery (linking objects together to learn more about them), virtual interactions (opening up various parts of a video to dive deeper in deeper detail), and meet-ups (using social media to learn with peers). Learn more about these methods.
What More Can We Learn?
Don’t think you’re the only parent who wants to make these kinds of changes to your kids’ learning experiences? Thousands of public and private schools have implemented these practices as a way to help accelerate students’ learning and increase student engagement. At the school that my student attends, a third-year teacher who oversees all the third graders’ work regularly, I’ve noticed the increase in the number of time they’re sticking to the content versus the time they’re exploring ideas. I’m a writer, so I’m not an expert on social media; however, what I see makes me feel optimistic about the potential of innovative learning.
There’s been no mention of online learning in the latest string of jobs or education job postings, but things are really beginning to change. The question is, will you take them up on it?