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HOW DIGITAL LEARNING PROMOTES DEEPER LEARNING

In order to excel as the best graduating student at the secondary school level, or to be successful in higher institution, a student must engage in deeper learning. William and Flora Hewlett Foundation suggests that deeper learning helps to prepare students to master deep and core academic content, think critically, solve complex problems, work collaboratively, communicate effectively and learn how to learn.

However, creating a successful opportunity for students to engage in deeper learning, lies in the ability to use personal digital learning tools that can serve the needs of individual students. Because of the shift from print to digital instructional materials, learning has been redesigned for students, there has been more feedbacks in classroom teaching and progress is in students’ performances.

Digital learning is necessary to create a system that contributes to deeper learning and produces a new modern students that are equipped to thrive in their various career. However, the use of technology like game-based instruction approach, can help to develop transferable knowledge and skills and facilitate deeper learning.

The best and brightest teachers may find ways to deepen learning in their individual classrooms, but there is no way for instruction to expand to reach all the students in the classroom without the use of technology.

New strategies and forms of delivery—such as blended learning, online learning, customized learning and social learning—have the ability to produce teaching and learning experiences that can contribute to deeper learning for every student, in the classroom.

In order to foster deeper learning in classrooms, it is important to first determine the kinds of experiences that are most likely to promote it. Like creating more rigorous and engaging lessons that allow increased critical thinking and knowledge application.

Digital learning promotes deeper learning in the following ways:

Personalized Skill Building

Deeper learning occurs when students are able to merge their Lab skills with opportunities to practice them in the context of meaningful projects that foster critical thinking, problem solving, collaboration and other deeper learning skills.  Students are motivated by content that matches their interests, and are more likely to keep them moving. Tools that employ adaptive technology like math games, allow this type of content customization for every student.

In addition to personalized skill building, another benefit of using deeper learning associated with technology is the freedom of access to learn anything: anywhere, anytime with access to quality content and great teachers.

It Fosters Critical Thinking

The explosion of mobile learning apps and game-based learning has greatly expanded the possibilities for regular student application of critical thinking and problem solving skills.

Together with more affordable devices and funding strategies that can boost student access to technology. For example, the use of visual maths games, use of projects and mobile learning apps can help to boost personalization, online learning quizzes can also help to boot creative thinking, blogging platforms allow students access to publishing tools and resources to allow students to publish, produce and share information where people can give feedbacks.

With a clear instruction goal in mind, and no time barriers, more students will accelerate their learning and graduate early and successfully from universities and emerge the best in their class in the secondary school level. And with deeper learning programs, students will be able to combine academic and vocational areas of interest together in a quite interesting ways.

These shifts mean that students will be researching, writing, problem solving and presenting and teachers will be thinking more about work product than test scores.

Article by: Busayo Tomoh

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