Traditional methods of teaching focus more on memorization and rote learning. Students are given information and then expected to regurgitate it back at test time. This method has been around since ancient times, but it doesn’t work as well anymore. In active learning, teachers use a variety of strategies to engage students in meaningful discussions and activities. They encourage students to think critically and creatively, rather than just memorize facts.
What Is Active Learning?
Active learning is a type of instruction that emphasizes student participation. It involves more than just lecturing and asking students to take notes. Instead, teachers should encourage students to think critically and creatively by asking them to discuss topics with each other, write papers, and complete projects. There are three main types of active learning:inquiry-based learning, project-based learning, and problem-based learning. Inquiry-based learning involves students asking questions and exploring topics together. Project-based learning requires students to work independently on projects with clear objectives. Problem-based learning asks students to solve real world problems using critical thinking skills.
Why Should We Do Active Learning?
Active learning helps students develop critical thinking skills and problem solving abilities. It has been shown to improve student achievement, especially among low-income and minority students.Students who participate in active learning tend to perform better academically. It also helps students develop higher order thinking skills such as creativity, collaboration, and communication and encourages students to think critically and solve real world problems.
Tips to go active learning in the classroom
Start with an open mind
Active learning techniques can help teachers engage students more effectively. They also encourage students to think critically about what they are learning. This type of teaching style requires teachers to be flexible and adaptable, as well as willing to try out different methods.
Provide Multiple Choices
Students should be given multiple choices so they can choose the one that works best for them. They should not be forced into a particular choice because that will kill creativity and they might feel pressured to make a decision.
Give Students Time to Think
Active learning techniques require teachers to give students time to think. If students aren’t given enough time to process new information, they won’t retain it. To make sure students have adequate time to think, teachers should allow students to take notes during class discussions. They should also encourage students to write down key points as they come up.
Ask Questions That Encourage Exploration
Students who are engaged in active learning tend to ask questions when they encounter something new. They are curious and want to understand how things work. Asking questions helps them explore ideas and concepts.
Why Use Technology to Enhance Active Learning?
In active learning, we encourage students to take part in course discussions by sharing their ideas and asking questions. Without the help of technology, it will not be easy for students to be creative and productive. Now more and more students are able to use their personal devices in the classroom. It allows them to search for any information when they have questions and share their ideas in creative ways. Technology makes the classroom a comfortable space to learn without worries and barriers.
ASTROS Is Your Best Solution for Active Learning
Teachers and students use smart devices in the classroom. But how do they seamlessly collaborate or share the screen to the TV? ASTROS wireless presentation solutions are designed to enable laptops, smartphones and tablets to be seamlessly added into active learning classrooms. Students can use any device to share the screen wirelessly to the TV. Teachers can easily control sessions without being fixed in front of the classroom. Besides, teachers don’t need to worry if there’s any student sharing irrelative content, they can decide who can share the content and preview students’ screens. ASTROS is easy for both users and those who manage it. With ASTROS Manager, IT staff can check all deployed ASTROS Stations’ status and update firmware all at once on the platform. If you are interested in ASTROS, CLICK HERE to contact our team to learn more.