Creating innovative learning systems for modern-day students
The demands on students, teachers and school administrators are evolving fast. In the past, learning was about teaching people something they didn’t know. In today’s world, it’s evolved into helping them also develop the skills they need to adapt to a dynamic, unpredictable world through their academic and professional career.
That’s where the challenge lies.
The technology infrastructures and attitudes of schools today aren’t equipped to create a personalized learning experience that empowers students. They’re challenged with trying to address the gap between where students perform today, and where they have the potential to perform tomorrow.
In the report, Trends in Digital Learning: Empowering Innovative Classroom Models for Learning, researchers looked at how innovative classroom models empower more engaging and purposeful learning environments for students and teachers. The key findings pointed toward the need for a new approach to how we look at technology’s role in learning:
- More than 90% of administrators say that the effective use of technology within instruction is important for achieving their school or district’s core mission of education and student preparation.
- Over three-quarters of parents (78%) say that the best way for their child to develop the college, career and citizen-ready skills they will need for future success is to use technology on a regular basis within his or her daily classes at school.
- Two-thirds of middle school students (64%) agree that effective technology use increases their interest in what they are learning at school.
- Three-quarters of principals attribute increased student engagement in learning to the effective use of digital content in their blended learning classrooms
- 52% of teachers in blended classrooms say that their students are developing collaboration skills as a result of using technology within learning; 61% of their students agree!
Despite this and other research and media coverage about technology in the classroom, schools still struggle to understand the need, much less the impact. Budgets are tight and demands are tight. But technology is key to rising above en mass, generic education that’s efficient, but not necessarily effective.
Today’s standardized learning environment is rigid and based on inflexible legacy technology. The result is a significant lag time between when a student interacts with a static learning system and when students, teachers and parents see the outcomes.
The answer lies in transforming the educational system to one that can create customized, personalized learning experiences for students:
INSTEAD OF RIGID AIM FOR CUSTOMIZED
Traditional learning systems are inflexible and unable to dynamically adapt to the needs of students in a digital age. Transformed learning focuses on creating a customized learning experience that responds to the instructional needs of each student.
INSTEAD OF STANDARDIZED AIM FOR PERSONALIZED
Standardized learning requires every student to conform to a generic approach to education. Transformed learning, on the other hand, is based on individual styles - helping people not just learn, but have a better understanding of how they learn best.
INSTEAD OF LEGACY TECHNOLOGY ASPIRE TOWARD INTELLIGENT LEARNING
Schools are shackled by legacy systems that keep locked in out-of-date approaches to how people incorporate technology into learning. A transformed approach involves intelligent learning, in which technology monitors a student’s learning and gives feedback along the way.
INSTEAD OF DELAYED RESULTS STRIVE FOR REAL-TIME INSIGHTS
Doing assignments and waiting for results after the fact is a hallmark of traditional learning. A transformed environment gives students in-the-moment insights so they can adjust as they go, helping to avoid frustration, providing encouragement and making learning fun.
INSTEAD OF STATIC EXPLORE INTERACTIVE
Traditional static learning environments don’t change student behavior or challenge them to learn more. A transformed, interactive approach to learning means supporting people to explore and find answers themselves, which creates self-motivated scholars.
Tell us, what are the most important things that you see going on as schools transform and help prepare students for success in a technology-driven world?
About Mohamed Saeed
Mohamed’s passion for improving students' lives is what motivates him to grow a community that’s equally passionate about making it better. Growing up in a country with a 63% literacy rate, he knows what the lack of basic tools means - even more so in a fast-paced, digital world.
He’s proudest of having built a center for capacity development for 1000+ orphans and re-structuring its management so that the orphanage is well positioned to make its mission come to life. With Mentorina, Mohamed plans and implements marketing strategies, digging deep to understand what matters most to key stakeholders and refining the brand’s message to continually elevate Mentorina's purpose.