May is Engaging education month
To get teachers excited about enhancing their teaching, Educate-it will be organising monthly themes. May is the month of the engaging education. Research* reveals that when a teaching method increases how involved a student is (meaning the student is more ‘engaged’ in constructing knowledge), students achieve better academic outcomes.
As a teacher, would you like your students to come to class well-prepared? Would like to see more interaction in your classroom? Would you like to connect to your students? Do you get the sense your message might not be coming across? Educate-it offers teachers a broad range of IT tools for their various learning objectives. These tools have already proven their value in education and Educate-it is happy to instruct and support anyone who wants to start using them. In Engaging Education, students actively engage with the subject matter, doing things like connecting what they’re learning to what they already know, actively and deliberately practicing certain skills and applying their knowledge to problem-solving exercises.
Engaged students tend to process subject matter better and are better equipped to engage in deep learning during classroom hours. Engaging exercises that make sense in the context of your course keep your students involved and invested. Teachers interested in learning about engaging education and the best ways to use it in education will be invited to take part in various workshops and IT tools. A comprehensive list of our offerings can be found on the Educate-it theme page.
Are you interested in engaging education but too busy right now to take part in any of our activities? Naturally, the online training courses are available year-round and you can always get in touch with us to get the support you need. Next month, our theme will be Knowledge clips.
Educate-it has collected all its courses, tools and resources for teacher development and student involvement into one place to make it more accessible. From now on, all of it can found on Educate-it Academy. Teachers looking to enhance their teaching will see themed overviews of our online trainings, workshops, tools and background information.
The Academy Circle consists of six themes, all relevant to teachers in their daily practice: Engaging education, Knowledge clips, Collaboration, Assessment, (Peer) feedback and Skills. Here, you will find many valuable resources. The circle also contains three overarching themes: Enhance your teaching with blended learning, Engage your students and Study your teaching.
*) Many studies into the effectiveness of engaging education have been performed and included in large meta-analyses and reviews. In general, these studies show that teaching methods that actively engage students with their own learning process lead to better academic outcomes. It is important to remember, however, that engaging teaching methods vary greatly, and so might the academic outcomes they lead to. (Chi & Wylie, 2014; Freeman et al.,2014).