30 Jan 2019


How can technology be used in engaging students? With the advancements of technology, teaching strategies are changing every day. Parents and teachers are regularly trying to figure out the best way to utilize technology in their classroom. Learned students identify positive ways technology can enhance learning through the adoption of multimedia. Some teachers add iPads and learning games to make their lectures more interesting, others use online quizzes to make learning more interactive for students. One technological element that many people studying for teaching degrees have identified as a positive method of learning is educational TV programs.

Media can be a component of active learning strategies such as group discussions or case studies and students can also create their own media, for example, student video projects can be a powerful learning experience. The use of media to enhance teaching and learning complements traditional approaches to learning. Effective instruction builds bridges between students’ knowledge and learning. Using media engages students, aids student retention of knowledge, motivates interest in the subject matter, and illustrates the relevance of many concepts. Television is traditionally thought of as the anti-education tool; children mindlessly absorb television content and spend less time reading, doing homework, or interacting with others. And media with positive images and messages can make us want to become better people and help others.

Teachers use educational television programs to make a connection between the show and the concept being studied in class. For instance, a science teacher, uses a chapter on marine life in a textbook accompanied by a video on some sort of sea animal like whales, dolphins, or sharks and teachers often find that as they coordinate their lesson plans with visual learning, students are more likely to stay focused and pay attention. Some students pursuing teaching careers have thought of additional ways to make these connections. Connecting to a subject matter can involve discussing broader topics. Teachers need to understand and learn about popular shows their students may be watching at home and these programs will have some learning or concepts that teachers can apply inside their classroom. For example, when math teacher learn about the popular characters in a show or movie like Harry Potter, they can then use those characters in a math problem and teachers may find that using this teaching strategy will help their students feel connected to their learning in a new way.

One of the positives about watching television is that – when it comes to certain types of shows – it has the ability to continually reinforce the traditional narrative structure. Billions of people around the world spend large portions of their lives watching television and media like all other teaching techniques should be used judiciously in the learning process because it can be used to motivate discussions or lock in concepts. However, there are a number of important considerations to ask students to use or develop media in their courses, effectively using media, notes a number of common mistakes to be avoided and describes how it helps students in creating a  mind of their own.

The dramatic growth of social media creates new opportunities for engaging students. These include social networking sites such as Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn, and Twitter along with blogs and wikis. Lessons are being learned as a result of emerging practices, both good and bad, education, and the educational or learning process, is after all a human endeavor. Also the digitization is now understood as it is about the skills and abilities of people to benefit from access to technology

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