Technology is changing the face of education. Today’s students live in a world where information can be accessed 24/7 through mobile phones, tablets, and laptops — and according to a 2010 study by the Kaiser Family Foundation, young people aged 8-18 spend an average of 7 hours and 38 minutes per day consuming media, and through multitasking are able to pack 10 hours and 45 minutes of media content into that time — 7 days per week. At the same time, students have increasingly come to expect the ability to consume content on their own terms, when and where they want it. As a result, engaging with students today means incorporating the technologies that have become ubiquitous in their lives into the learning experience.
Welcoming these technologies into the classroom isn’t just about breaking through the noise. There is a growing amount of evidence indicating that the use of technology-enhanced instruction, or digital learning, can improve student achievement. From blended learning environments, to classroom software apps, to online skills assessment and more, digital learning is enabling students to retain more knowledge, engage more in the classroom, and increase performance.
Beyond the classroom, digital learning can have an impact on what is known as deeper learning — skills such as critical thinking, problem-solving, effective communication, collaborative working, and self-directed learning that enable people to take knowledge gained from one situation and apply it to new situations. These skills are becoming increasingly important in a rapidly evolving, globalized work environment that demands flexible intelligence and an ability to adapt to change.
But what are some of the digitally-enhanced experiences that provide opportunities for deeper learning? Tom Vander Ark and Carri Schneider of GettingSmart.com have created an enlightening infographic detailing 15 deeper learning scenarios that can help students prepare for roles in a 21st century workplace.
Creating opportunities for deeper learning requires a student-centric approach to teaching that is structured around the needs of individual students. Shifting to a more personalized learning experience motivates the student to become more engaged and actively participate in their own education, which in turn fosters critical thinking and other deeper learning skills.
However, providing a customized learning experience for each student can only reasonably be done at scale through the use of technology. For many educators, the first step in providing personalized learning at scale is through the use of a video platform. Video technology enables a student-centric learning environment in the following ways:
Try Video In Your Classroom
If you’re interested in learning more about how video can be used to personalize the learning experience for your students, contact our team for a demonstration, or sign up for a free 30-day trial.