Step back to a late ’90s classroom in India. What do you see? A teacher scribbles on the blackboard explaining chapters that half the class find too uninteresting. Now bring the clock forward and enter a classroom that has evolved digitally. Screens have replaced blackboards, and teachers find it easier to explain three-dimensional diagrams to calculate the volume of a cube.
“In a non-technological world, when a teacher had to educate a classroom full of children, all he or she had were their abilities to tell stories, draw or write on the blackboard and graphics that could. be displayed. But now there are tools available to enable even average teachers to make subjects interesting, ”says Beas Dev Ralhan, CEO and Founder of Next Education.
Digital education also puts students of all learning styles on an equal footing. In the old-school learning environment, analytical learners have an advantage over audio-visual and kinesthetic learners. This is not the case in the world where technology is entering the educational space.
Here are some unique, game-changing teaching techniques:
1. Digital manuals:
The most basic sources of education for any student are textbooks which contain all the required information in one place. Applying this concept to a digital platform turned textbooks into more attractive standards. Many education start-ups are offering innovative ways to bring the same content in a visual format.
“The online learning content includes plenty of audiovisuals to cover the entire manual as well as answers to questions that students can practice. They have individually packaged notes and reading material for each student, ”says Harshil Gala, Director of Topscorer. He adds that every line of these digital books is animated with audio-visuals and text.
Students can access this content from any device by simply downloading an app. Those who do not wish to depend on the Internet can simply purchase the offline version of these programs.
Educational technology companies like Byju’s and Khan Academy have started the trend with this format. With the support of good teachers, they have shown that learning via videos is more informal and engaging. “I think the visuals, human handwriting, and colors help enhance your learning. Through online learning, students have the opportunity to explore the ideas and intellectual stories behind their subjects, ”says Khan Academy’s Salman Khan.
2. Games and customization:
We all know kids love video games over school. But what if these two are included in a small machine? To ensure students learn while playing games, teachers have supported tabs and apps to teach great content.
Last year, ConveGenius Group launched a CG slate where they integrated entertainment and education to engage kids in a fun way.
“We did some research and found that kids are happier when they play games and watch TV. But when it comes to studies, they lose interest. Therefore, we have created this list which analyzes the learning style, the level of each student and assigns the program accordingly ”, explains Jairaj Bhattacharya, CEO and co-founder of Convegenius.
In the traditional teaching method, there is a 1-to-many relationship between teachers and students. When students receive tablet-based learning, it becomes more personalized and brings the teacher / student ratio down to 1: 1.
Likewise, a Japan-based company, Kiwami, used the abacus on the digital platform to explain fast and efficient mathematical calculation techniques. “We use the faculty of the imagination by integrating ICT tools in the teaching of concepts such as the abacus, a calculation method originating in Japan for mathematical problems. ICT creates a superior atmosphere for children to grasp basic concepts as well as complex concepts, ”Kiwami sources explain.
3. Digital storytelling:
One of the most popular methods is digital storytelling. This method is especially important for kinesthetic learners who prefer a more hands-on approach to understanding the chapters.
“We are developing a story around each subject. For example, we developed a story about strawberries stolen from a field and a detective has to locate them. Students play the story and information appears with audiovisuals as the story progresses. By the end of the story, the students are able to understand all the properties of strawberries, ”explains Siddharth Marwah, Marketing Manager at Kiwami Indian.
4. Smart class:
Digital classrooms are among the most popular forms of modern education. A smart classroom is equipped with projectors, interactive whiteboards, audiovisual aids and various other tools to facilitate a creative and engaging learning experience.
“In an intelligent classroom, the teacher turns on the screen which will contain the audiovisual content of the textbooks. He or she can use a variety of tools including videos, animations, 3D images, audio, and other items to explain the required topics. It becomes very easy for the teacher to switch between textbook and audio-visual as needed ”, explains Gala.