September 4, 2017

We are all familiar with the quote by Confucius, and you have probably experienced in your life how much better you remember something once you did it yourself.

I have a theory that the person who spends the most energy in a lesson is also the one who learn the most. (that is why teaching is such a great form of learning) But if I apply that to most lessons, I have to come to the conclusion that we must have brilliant teachers. If you walked into any of my classes a few years ago, you would have found, me jumping up and down in the front of the class, talking and writing a mile a minute, while the kids are sitting quietly behind their desks and maybe copying notes or giving an answer here and there. The ratio of energy used something like 9:1. Which leads me to the conclusion that I learned nine times as much as they did.

How do you get your learners more actively involved in the lesson?

You limit the time that you talk and use that time for them to do something. This Cone of Learning, give some ideas of the type of activities that are the most effective.

The problem is that we are all pressed for time. And “talk-and-chalk” will transfer the most content in the shortest timespan. But it is quantity over quality. Yes, you might have covered all the work, but you will find that you need to reteach that topic next year again. The basic premises of active learning is that you might spend more time on this subject now, but you will save time in the future.

But what does this have to do with eLearning and technology? 

Personal devices are ideal to get learners more actively involved in the lesson. One of the problems I often experience when I try to get the students more involved is that it ends up being a handful of pupils while the rest are still just spectators. But if everybody have a device in their hand, there is no reason all of them can’t take part at the same time.
So whenever I think about adding technology to my lessons, the first question I ask myself is: “Will this make the learners more active?” If the answer is not YES, then I might still do it, but I know it is not transforming my classroom, it is just replacing an existing activity.

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