When I was a child, computers were introduced into my school, McKinley Elementary in Arlington Virginia, and the experience was amazing. Those pixelated far off lands upon the Oregon Trail or the jungles in pitfall coupled with the rush of dopamine from completing a task or getting farther than my friend Timothy were something that was absolutely unmatched and could not be duplicated. We also had math games and language games. Those games were still fantastically fun, thanks to the virtual platform. The best part was I learned a lot while having fun.
With technology driving the entire world today, this question comes up in some form or other often – what is the best way to teach our children? How much technology should we use in the education of our children? Questions like this are driving educational systems around the world to review their learning process and studies are done. It has been found that all children learn differently and they all benefit from the use of technology in the classroom setting. In fact, it would be more appropriate to say that nowadays most schools are using some kind of Learning Management System (LMS) to manage their virtual learning platforms.
Virtual Learning Platforms offer different approaches to learning
Since no two children are alike, thus one should not expect them to learn exactly in the same way. One of the many benefits of using a Virtual Platform is that different learning methods can be tailored to the student, this will help the student understand the content faster and retain more information. Most software will offer a combination of synchronous, asynchronous and blended learning, others will take it a step further and offer collaborative and social learning techniques which are tried and tested ways to increase retention while decreasing the time it takes to retain the material.
Animation and video games entices students
Other ways that give learning management system software the advantage is that they can be designed to keep the students minds sufficiently occupied by incorporating entertaining videos and offering video focused learning content. It is true that videos have the ability to hold the child’s attention for a longer time duration while keeping their mind active. Animation can also be utilized to hold a child’s attention. Animation and video oriented learning help to solve the purpose i.e. to retain the attention of the child and help them stay focused on the task at hand until it is complete.
Gamification can be another way to make learning fun
When learning is turned into a game, literally, the children feel excited and doesn’t treat it as learning. In fact, they learn new things when they play. Gamification can be implemented in different ways too, turning the classroom or virtual space into a competitive field, encouraging healthy competition. Here the game can be set up like a multiple player game system where the object is to beat the game like Dungeons and Dragons. The possibilities here are virtually limitless.
Easy Two Way Communication Gives Shy Kids the Opportunity to Shine and boost knowledge
A lot of children don’t participate as actively as they could or should simply because they have anxiety about talking in front of their peers or to the teachers. One of the many added benefits that Learning Management System software has is that the students feel better about raising questions and opening a real dialog with their teachers and peers about the subjects at hand. This gives many students a voice who previously were not comfortable enough to try to open such a dialog, which eventually enhances their knowledge and skills
LMS software can follow the natural progression of learning
Today learning is accomplished in a very different manner than it was in the past. Previously people would dig deep into one subject and become an expert on that subject, which is called vertical learning. But things have changed now. Presently, the horizontal method of learning is far more prevalent. Students, who have little knowledge, by using an LMS tool help them to dig deeper and make massive strides.
According to an article published in Sun sentinel, Florida requires students take at least one class online before graduation.
In closing, the answer to the question, “Are Virtual Learning Platforms Good For Kids?” has been clearly answered in my research with a resounding yes. Children wind up with a versatile, dynamic, integrated system when they are using a virtual learning platform which allows them to perform better, have higher long-term retention rates, have fun while learning and much more. In simple words, an LMS allows kids to actively engage with their teachers, peers, and learning material. An added benefit of adding a system like this is that the kids feel better about themselves when they are performing well in school and also allow teachers to understand their progress.
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