We are running into the 21st century where technology is taking over every niche and corner. If we keep on teaching our children the way we taught them yesterday, we would deprive them of their tomorrow. Digital interaction tools like interactive event apps and technology are the new answer to enhance students learning and creative skills.
Estonia is named ‘the most advanced digital society in the world’ by Wired, who have built an efficient, secure and transparent e-ecosystem for their citizens. One of the example how digitalization took place in schools was the development of “e-kool” (e-school) system, which is a platform that is now used in almost every school in Estonia.This platform connects students, teachers and parents, which helps them to get access to grades and information easily. The more the era of digitalisation grows, the more it is also integrated into our educational systems.
Worksup interaction and event networking app and offers interactive tools like live polls, text tasks and imaginative picture tasks. We believe that schools should use digital interaction tools for group work and home tasks. Researchers have stated that group projects can help students to develop a host of skills that are increasingly important in the later professional world (Caruso & Woolley, 2008; Mannix & Neale, 2005). If students are learning to collaborate together, they will be most certainly more ready for the upcoming employment years.
First of all, for an engagement you could use both informative and fun tasks. If you use the same old methods and tools before the Internet was born, you might lose your students attention.
“Students do not pay attention continuously for 10-20 minutes during a lecture. Instead, their attention alternates between being engaged and unengaged in ever-shortening cycles throughout the lecture segment.” (Bunce, D.M., Flens, E.A., and Neiles, K.Y. 2010).
Thus, supporting on this research and results from the interaction app Worksup, teachers could use imaginative teaching and management strategies to enhance the development of their students’ adaptable attention processes for their interactive events.
Koidula Gymnasium comments: “We used Worksup interaction and event networking app for a school conference and it really gave our student event a new and professional look. With Worksup students could easily see the conference agenda and (anonymously) ask questions they maybe would not dare in front of everyone. Also they had a easy and quick way to give feedback and much more.”
Student event in Estonia, Pärnu Koidula Gymnasium
Interactive attention tasks
For example, if your wish is to get secondary school students attention, you should think about the ways how to communicate with children whose attention is probably not the same level as it could be with grown ups. Thus, how you could do this effectively? Here are few examples how you could use Worksup interaction tools to enhance the experience.
Before you start your class, ask them something fun and try to get them comfortable with live polling app.
1. Give your opinion how this subject makes you feel?
2. I want to persuade my career in this field
3. I want to escape on a small island
4. I want more information about this
5. I think we could do more practical work
6. Choose your own
Say one positive thing about this subject?
Later you could show one big and beautiful word cloud which describes how the majority of the class feels about the subject.
Take into groups and make a fun group picture using only your eyes (cover the rest of your face with a text book or something fun).
Now, how you can use interaction tools to enhance better understanding on the subjects you are teaching. Another tip would be that don’t over use it, ask questions which are relevant to the subject.
Ask your students intelligent and good live poll questions:
In what areas we need artificial intelligence the most?
3. Business processes
5. Name yourself
How we can apply AI in our day-to-day lives? Describe in your own words.
Gather a group and draw a picture of the future AI technology in schools and share this through Worksup interaction app.
In conclusion, we can say that eventually there is no right or wrong answer. Still, if we look at the facts and how technology is evolving into our lives, it would be falling behind, if we would not use it for our benefit technology and educations could start early stages of our lives and most of all – learning should be fun and interactive! Technology and event interaction app like Worksup could be the solution for teachers and students educational needs. Worksup is free for Educational Institutions, thus, do not hesitate to ask us more ideas and question how you could use it in your school.