Any teacher worth his or her salt today is going to employ the use of interactive learning in the classroom. This type of learning joins urban computing and social networking in the delivery and design of the approach. This is the digital age, and children and young adults are gravitating toward those things that use digital technology effectively.
The computer and internet are today’s blackboard, many say. To that end, students using tablets, iPads, and earbuds to do research or activities on the internet are going to be a common sight in the classroom. This is moreso true in online classes, which are growing in popularity.
In a music class, having a student listen to a song more than once in order to complete an activity may mean that the whole class listens together and then the individual students who need to hear the music again can do it with an earphone or earbud and a digital device. In a reading class, some students may need this experience in order to better understand a reading passage.
In other subjects, the same technique is used in classrooms. It keeps the whole class from having to hear something again if they have no need to. Just the ones who need another go-around, or a student who missed class when the first was offered need to be set up at such a station.
Some teachers use stations in order to give students who need to additional chances to be exposed to lecture content.
In addition, students engaging in research can do their projects and gather their information independently without disrupting anyone else.
One student can do a virtual field trip using their classroom earbuds and a tablet, iPad or other device while another sits next to them doing a completely different project. Yet another student might play an interactive learning game in order to gain better understanding of content matter. Another can participate in some type of simulation activity a foot away. Earbuds makes all of this dynamism possible in one small space. The online student who uses a library may also have the privilege of using library computers with their own earbuds. Earbuds are the “no excuse” tool for engaging in both learning and entertainment in shared space.
As new applications for digital technology come to the world, they will be introduced to the classroom, even if tweaking is required.
This independent learning, this interactive learning is probably going to be a staple in the classroom for generations to come.