As we change with each generation, the way we absorb information, what we absorb and what we wish to retain changes.This is not only a phenomenon that occurs as we age… But something that separates the current Gen Z, Gen X or Millennial kids from ones born as far back as in the 1990’s.
Today children are more comfortable with technology and interactive learning.
We have also recently discovered that there are different types of learners among us.
Not every child understands in the same manner when taught from a textbook or from a blackboard. Some prefer to hear information (auditory), others like to see it in moving form (visual), while most like to learn in an interactive manner (kinesthetic).
Keeping this new data in mind, schools around the world are introducing new age teaching methods into their classrooms, to bring out the best in their students.
Let’s find out what these are:
Mind maps are being used for many years but it is only recently that they have been introduced into classrooms. Mind maps give us insight into how an individual thinks. It begins with a word and then develops on an individual level.
A mind map is a good starting point to understand students, their personality, strengths, weaknesses and learning styles.
Digital Art tools
The best way to impart education in an interactive manner for today’s children. Computer aided lessons with graphics, voice background and animation engage young students to teach them a variety of topics.
Even creating digital art encourages a child’s creative abilities while making it easy for him or her to grasp the components, size, shape and colours of various elements.
Simulated environments give new age children true to life education about other places, locations, topography or cultures.
Augmented reality can be added to a wall or room to create an immersive learning experience that every child loves. Plus augmented STEM learning can be undertaken.
Lessons taught through clay modelling is not exactly a new tool but the way it’s being used today, varies from old play time usage.
Modern classrooms undertake advanced clay modelling sessions that teach children practical aspects of mathematics, geometry, craft, textures and more.
For younger children, it improves their dexterity and motor skills while older ones benefit by creating extraordinary clay models and sculptures.
Robots teach functionality and mechanical knowledge. They do this via creaton, design, assembly and operation of robots. Children enjoy interacting with the electrical and mechanical processes.
Likewise, programming becomes easier when learnt through a physical robot and making it move with codes and commands. This type of learning can start very early to create bright, technologically enabled students who excel in life.
These are just a few tools that have been introduced into the modern classroom. As time goes and technology develops, we can look forward to many new tools making an appearance in our classrooms.