01. How smart is your parenting style?
Enriched learning can be a powerful tool. But do parents and educators acknowledge and arm themselves with it?
There are fast pleasures with a quick payoff, and there are things that build slowly and take more sustained effort on the parent’s part. And experiencing both and learning from those should be the ultimate goal.
The digitization of teaching and reading is a trend that will mark the future of learning—it is already a reality to which we must adapt. There are many online learning modules that require a lot of participation in the lessons, and which are composed of explanatory videos that lack creativity. That is why many teachers and parents have started to make use of the term ‘educational animation’ and take advantage of the benefits of interactive content to keep children interested in their study plan or virtual classroom.
Interactive learning modules have become a powerful tool in the industry of e-learning, and their popularity to enhance reading has increased considerably in recent times. Trainers, educators and even educational platforms now integrate interactivity into course content to improve not only quality, but also because they have found that increasing a child’s engagement with any educational material can help them better master the concepts, and therefore put aside the “data is boring” mentality.
One benefit of interactive learning and reading is that it captures more attention, improves performance and helps children avoid distractions. A child’s attention span is generally short. Furthermore, many of them find the traditional method of reading boring and uninteresting.
Interactive reading also helps improve the retention capacity of children. To a greater or lesser extent, the truth is that interactivity reach most children because different types of learning methods can be implemented in a single material. What do we mean by this? Well, as we know, not all people learn in the same way. Some students prefer hands-on learning, others reading, and some are visual learners. With interactivity learning, engagement, you can cater for different types of learning styles.
In addition to increasing retention, it also boosts motivation. If your child finds learning interesting and entertaining, they will naturally become more involved in their own development.
02. Smart guidance
Taking time to experience the slower pace and pleasures of learning is especially important for younger children, and limiting non-educational screen time gives kids space to discover the pleasures of reading. Kids who never experienced the satisfaction of reaching the end of a book won’t know to make room for it when they are older.
To navigate a new world straddled between digital and physical reading, smart parents are finding ways to try and balance both.
Also, children need to develop a reading routine. Once they find a book that hooks them, they’re far more likely to unplug from technology and continue reading at home.
In the case of reading, our task as parents is to make ourselves aware of the effect technology potentially has on how our children wrap their minds around the written word when encountered in print versus onscreen. Digital technology is still in its relative infancy, but we know it can be an incredibly useful educational tool. Another vocation is to embed the understanding in our larger thinking about the role of reading as a means of communicating and thinking.
Ask yourself these 5 questions before adding an app to your child’s phone:
1. Who does the app connect my child with?
2. How does the app make money?
3. What is the app teaching my child?
4. Is my child’s information protected?
5. Does the app align with my child’s abilities?
By answering these questions, you’ll put yourself in a position to offer your children access to helpful tools with the confidence of protecting their best interests.