When I was a child, computers and virtual learning came to my school, McKinley Elementary, in Arlington, Virginia. The experience was terrific. 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 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 that we learned a lot while we had fun.
Technology is driving the entire world today. Now 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 these are driving educational systems around the world to review their learning process and do the necessary studies. And they have found out that children learn differently. However, they all benefit from the use of technology in the classroom setting. Indeed, most schools are using some 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 benefits of a Virtual Platform is that instructors can tailor learning methods to the student. And this helps the student understand the content faster and retain more information. Most software will offer a combination of synchronous, asynchronous and blended learning. Others take it a step further and offer collaborative and social learning techniques. And these are tried and tested ways to increase retention while decreasing the time it takes to receive the material.
Animation and video games entice students
Other ways give learning management system software the advantage. And that includes having a design that sufficiently occupies the students’ minds. And to do this, they incorporate entertaining videos and offering video-focused learning content. Videos indeed have the ability to hold the child’s attention for a long time. And at the same time keeping their mind active. Instructors can also utilise animation 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 virtual learning fun
When learning is turned into a game, 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. That includes turning the classroom or virtual space into a competitive field and encouraging healthy competition. Here the instructor can set up the game like a multiple player game system. And the objective is to beat the game like Dungeons and Dragons. The possibilities here are virtually limitless.
Easy Two Way Communication allows Shy Kids to Shine and boost knowledge
A lot of children don’t participate as actively as they could or should. And mostly that is because they have anxiety about talking in front of their peers or to the teachers. One of the many added benefits that virtual Learning Management System software has is that the students feel better about raising questions and opening a real dialogue with their teachers and peers about the subjects at hand. This gives a voice to students who previously were not comfortable enough to try to open such a dialogue. This eventually enhances their knowledge and skills
LMS software can follow the natural progression of learning
Today students accomplish learning 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. We call this 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 to take at least one class online before graduation.
In closing, the answer to the question, “Are Virtual Learning Platforms Good For Kids?” My research gave a clear and resounding yes. Children wind up with a versatile, dynamic, integrated system when they are using a virtual learning platform. And this allows them to perform better, have higher long-term retention rates, have fun while learning and much more. In simple words, an LMS will enable 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 as they perform well. It also allows teachers to understand their progress.
This is a guest post from Kamy Anderson of wn.com. Check out our e-learning products.