The economy is dynamic and fast paced, and technological advancement is the only constant, and yet our school system remains the same as it was centuries ago: rigid, autocratic and promotes little to no creativity.
As a result, the young are losing that innovative mindset, relying on what was taught years ago and not necessarily how to adapt and solve issues of today.
Indeed, something needs to be done. Our answer is Technology.
Technology is ideal since it is a medium that requires interaction.
When used correctly, technology allows students to engage in meaningful creative activities and explore their own potential. It stimulates curiosity, collaboration, and critical thinking.
It is understandable that teachers may be hesitant when it comes to incorporating new learning technologies into the classroom, but to resist them is nothing but detrimental to the future of the pupils under their care.
Here are some ways technology can be used within the classroom. Something that can help get the creativity flowing.
Have you ever tried to explain a concept or idea through words alone and found that you just couldn’t put the right sequence together to unlock a full understanding in the listener?
Using Mind Maps, teachers can be spared this frustration as they provide an extremely easy and effective way of illustrating the key themes or concepts of a particular topic.
Mind Mapping tools can boost student creativity as they provide them with different ways to interconnect their thoughts, challenging them to visualise as they seek to find new correlations. The beauty of this is that once students have created a Mind Map, teachers have a visual representation of how a they think and how well they understand a topic.
Essays and tests are the two prevailing means of testing student engagement and aptitude.
But routine can breed complacency (or worse, as Paulo Coelho once wrote: “If you think adventure is dangerous, try routine — it is lethal”).
You can keep your students engaged by challenging them to produce assignments in a variety of formats.
For instance, Slide Sets allow them to insert text, which they can then support by adding a variety of media — images, videos, links, embedded resources, and more.
This encourages flexibility and lateral thinking in students as they consider which content type would best support their main points. In addition, the multimedia nature of Slides encourages students to continue to develop their digital literacy skills.
Quizzes are like the age-old gold-standard for quickly gauging a student’s knowledge on various subject areas. But online Quiz tools allow for so much more than a simple written question-and-answer-type procedure. Use a blend of multiple choice, fill-in-the-blank, dropdown, and true or false questions. Or make your quiz even more engaging by basing it on visuals alone.
Social Media Sharing
In an era of views, likes, shares, comments, retweets and all the rest, social interactions offer a clear way of giving students a sense of their content’s worth in the eyes of their peers.
As a result, they can also be used to drive students’ motivation to create high-quality work that will be of value to others.
Media such as YouTube, Instagram and virtual classrooms can allow students to share their work and collaborate with other students worldwide.