5 Effective Ways to Mix Education with Technology

5 Effective Ways to Mix Education with Technology

When it comes to technology, parents nowadays should not miss some important factors to check on: the type of programs and content readily available to and accessible by their children, online security measures, and learning.

Here are five steps you can follow to get the most out of technology while teaching your kids.

1. Get the Wiggles Out

Children, just like most of us, are multimodal learners. They tend to remember things more effectively when exposed to their different senses – audio, visual, experiential, in combination.

While it is vital for them to focus, you may always incorporate devices and gadgets that help kids feel great in their spaces and get them up and moving around when it is suitable.

2. Make Topics Real and Applicable

Our brains tend to process information more easily if that info appeals to either our interests or in real life. This may be a challenging task when it comes to teaching kids, but you always have the option to be creative.

You may use interactive apps to teach kids how these lessons apply to reality. Be creative but realistic and you are ready to go.

3. Give Kids a Sense of Ownership

One benefit technology brings forth is its capability to teach independence and self-reliance to children. Make your kids play on an app, and let them learn on their own.

Beware, though. Kids learn fast. They may master your gadget before you do!

4. Encourage Self-Paced Learning

Along with self-sufficiency, children develop the skill of learning things at their own pace. This allows them to work on their own, find where they need to focus on, excel in some areas and so on. Self-paced learning fosters self-assessment, which applies even after kids grow older.

5. Make a Safe Environment to Explore

One extra good thing about technology is that it’s virtual. Thus, there are fewer worries about kids bumping their heads or getting a bruise when you leave them at home by themselves or even when you are busy doing your chores around the house.

Like anything, there are pros and cons to using digital media with learning. Follow the pros and tips above. Also remember to fight cons with precautions. Check security features, child lock, etc. before letting your kids play with gadgets. Parental guidance is still advised.

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4 Ways to Teach Your Kids Effective Writing

4 Ways to Teach Your Kids Effective Writing

1. Talk to Your Child More Often

No one beats inspiration to write than your own stories to tell. Spend time sharing your day or storytelling to your kid and vice versa. Make your stories appeal to your child’s senses and imagination.

Do this tip as often as you can. After all, whether your kid pursues writing or not, time spent on your child is time well spent. He/she may not write something out of that sharing immediately. However, who knows? In a few years, you will read his/her article on kid’s first bus ride, with his/her, favorite parent.

2. Be the Sample

If you are not physically able to tell a story face-to-face, give your kid a call or better yet, write a letter about your experience. It takes some effort to keep your child posted like this.

To teach your kid how to write, be the sample. It does not matter whether it is a long article or a short one. Then, encourage your child to write back in return.

3. Reward Your Child For A Job Well Written

Give your child a small token for writing, like a cute pencil or eraser. Ask him/her to read it for you, too. Provide feedback and make small talks. Then encourage your child to write some more.

It pays to incorporate the rewards system when it comes to your child’s budding hobby. Nurture his/her talent, and make it a skill. Excellent writing skills may take your child a long way.

Also, give your child his/her own space to write. Decorate the space and make it conducive to thinking and imagination. Writers need inspiration, regardless of age.

4. Keep a Portfolio of Your Child’s Work

Amateur and professional writers keep track and create a portfolio of their works. Spend some time collating your child’s written pieces. Buy a scrapbook or a folder. Ask your child to help.

It would be best if you could be your child’s editor, too. Just remember not to overdo it. Writing takes years and years to practice. Starting early may help do the trick.…

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3 Tech Topics that Inspired Learning this Year

3 Tech Topics that Inspired Learning this Year

Learning whether at school or home also updates itself with technology.

There is no doubt that tech trends these days are getting incorporated into the teaching space. Whether it is on the grade school platform or the more advanced levels, these developments have taken place and are forecasted to continue this year and beyond.

1. 2016 is all about Virtual Reality

Virtual reality has started to take shape in schools and learning institutions, and we do not think there’s any turning back. Schools in California reportedly took students earlier this year to see ancient pyramids without leaving their classroom. Other schools did not get left behind, too – virtually, at least.

2. Wearables

The use of this equipment was banned in some institutions last year instead of cheating. This is the ultimate flaw of technology, I would say. While advanced minds exert effort to create these devices and make life easier and more interactive for everyone, some still can use these wearables and defeat the purpose of education.

However, many educators argue that these glasses, wristbands and other wearables can still be used in the education space.

Teachers and assistants have more means to engage students in class discussions, which are now made more dynamic by technology. With GPS tracking capabilities, it is easier for an instructor to track exact student location using wearables. These bracelets are best in tracing kids at school, too.

3. Lower Price on 3D Printers

When the price of a commodity gets lower, it reaches a wider audience. This applies even to 3D Printers.

These printers allow students to recreate concepts in a three-dimensional view, which allows a better perspective compared to the usual length*width aspects. Learners may now simulate what they can only read before, and for visual learners like me, understanding becomes more apparent.

These are just three tech updates inspiring evolution in educational patterns and systems. The year is not over yet; we are expecting more to come. P.S. The Internet of Things (IoT) is scheduled to surface some more in 2017. Technology is getting exciting.

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