Technology might have some of its disadvantages but the good outweighs the bad. Today’s world is a digital tool away from accessing resources and information, learning has been made easier through online learning sites and the popular YouTube channel that is brimming with a wealth of knowledge for both teachers and students. Digital tools such as smartphones, laptop, computer and online courses when implemented in the classrooms will play a huge role in improving students information retention and learning. Technology has made stem education easier and cohesive by bringing four different disciplines and merging them in real-life application. Teachers and administrative have used some or most of the software tools and can bring real innovations to the classroom by engaging student and sharing extra information to them through this means. One of the few ways of bringing innovative change to school is by using the digital tool in solving problems and learning, here are some way of implementing the tools in the classroom.
- Creating challenges: teachers can now create challenges by problematizing a particular challenge, this allows the students to think critically of the solution and allows them to approach the problem from a different viewpoint, this consciously build student problem-solving skill, using a digital platform such as Kahoot! which present these challenges in the form of games and is virtually pleasing, makes it easier and saves time while training students thought-process. Other digital platforms to enhance student problem solving are scratch, for learning programming concept, Socrative which allows teachers to test to student understanding.
- Illustrating complex processes: Illustrating complex processes while teaching can help to breakdown these processes into simpler ones which can be easily understood and assimilated. For example, physics formulae can be illustrated and some mathematical problems can be solved using an illustration. It has been shown that students readily retain virtuals information than theoretical ones. There are several illustrated videos on YouTube and Khan Academy that can help with breaking down complex-process in classroom learning.
- Interactive classroom: Nothing beats an interactive classroom when learning, it allows the exchange of ideas and opinions. An interactive classroom can be achieved digitally by using the google classroom, this allows students post questions and receive answer from their teachers and peers, it also allows the teacher to post questions and learning material for students to review at home.
- Assessing students: Digital quizzes can be used in assessing students level of understanding of learning materials, which can be reviewed by both teachers and students and enables students to assess their own learning, platforms like Quizlet live encourages an interactive, contributive classroom. Assessment can also be done by encouraging the student to write stories about what they have learnt, using digital tools like Kidblog makes it easier.
There a lot of digital tools out there but guiding your students and also helping them in sourcing for the right tool is important to aid their digital learning process in the classroom.