“We need to bring learning to people instead of people to learning.”
– Elliot Masie
No subject is boring to everyone. Likewise, no subject is inherently interesting to everyone. Making a monotonous topic engaging to students is an important task for a teacher and can be difficult if it not approached in the right way, which is where using a PC for educational purposes can come in handy. There are a variety of avenues you can take to improve your student engagement. Boring topics don’t have to be boring, courtesy of a PC!
History has all of the elements of some of the most famous films such as Pocahontas or Night at the Museum, therefore it should be a subject that children are eager to learn. Using visual media to aid your teaching can help engage a class of blank faces. Filmmakers have an unabashed love for the subject. For example, if you want your kids to understand how serious the holocaust was, you could possibly show them The Pianist, Schindler’s List or The Diary of Anne Frank. After the film has been watched you could discuss the historical accuracy of the film and the parts that resonated with them. Additionally, using PC resources allow students to explore a remarkable amount of material.
If children had a favorite question it would probably be “why?” By encouraging their natural curiosity about the world and teaching them how to find answers for themselves. Taking students out of the books and showing them the practical application of science is key. It’s important that you give them the possibility to discuss in order for them to get involved in the process. Then, by moving on to experiments that show how they can apply the theory they just learned, students will find science more fun.
For many students, math feels like you’re swimming upstream. It’s not always obvious how numbers fit together and it can become quite a challenge. Luckily technology has a way to get students to become excited about math. These websites provide interactive activities and visual representations which can keep the students engaged. When students can relate the concepts they learn in class to the real world, it helps them understand what they learning.
With the right geography lesson, students can travel around the world without leaving the classroom. From learning to locate different countries on a map to understanding various time zones. Using a PC, students can put the world to perspective with Google Earth. This is an iconic approach to teach students about the world they live in providing students with further data to extend their knowledge to that beyond their personal geographies.
If your concepts are relevant and relatable, students will be motivated to learn even the world’s most boring subjects.
Aarambh is a pan-India PC for Education initiative engineered to enhance learning using the power of technology; it is designed to help parents, teachers and children find firm footing in Digital India. This initiative seeks to connect parents, teachers and students and provide them the necessary training so that they can better utilise the PC for learning, both at school and at home.
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