Guest Post Submitted by Taylor Jennings
With the proliferation of digital technologies for learning, more and more academic institutions are employing these innovations (augmented reality, educational applications, and creative visual presentations) to create an engaging learning experience. Educators are facing the issue of making their e-Learning methods more attention grabbing. For this entry, we’ll provide you effective tips on making your e-Learning approach catch the attention of learners.
Humor as an Initial Approach
In reality, K-12 learners only have an average attention span of 15-20 minutes, according to a study presented by Bright Hub Education. Asking the infamous question “May I have your attention please?” does not always work all the time. The key to grab their attention throughout the rest of your presentation is to inject a bit of humor at the very beginning. Laughter is an important ingredient in triggering the release of adrenaline in their bodies, which will lead to reduced stress levels and increased focus. You need to learn what makes them happy in general before you start creating your lesson plan for the day.
Vary Your Presentation Equipment
Mobile applications are known as an interactive tool for presentations. Why not maximize its capabilities? You can use a projector and play various subject apps where the whole class can answer. Smartphones like the iPhone has also shown a great potential of being a useful tool for the classroom. The page of iPhone 5S on O2 featured the iOS 7’s Keynote which has the ability to create video presentations combining photographs, audio, and text elements.
Always Promote Thinking
Feeding them with too much data can result to information overload. Avoid the practice of spoon-feeding, as it doesn’t promote thinking. You can organize on-screen activities or mind-boggling trivia that will enable them to come up with a solution individually or as a team. Learners who are actively engaged in this kind of activity will never get bored, as opposed to bombarding them with a series of slides crowded with text and images.
Keep Information Relevant and Up-to-date
As an educator, it’s your responsibility to look for engaging and updated materials for your class. For scientific subjects, avoid outdated encyclopedias and being too academic. Instead, make it more relevant. Create a real-life scenario and connect it with your subject. While doing your lecture, ask them one-by-one about the things that they will do should the same scenario occur.
These are just some ways on how you can effectively capture their attention as you conduct your lesson. Always remember, your delivery is still the most important key for a successful presentation. For more tips and solutions for K-12, higher education, healthcare, and corporate industries; be sure to check out the solutions section of AMVONET.
About the Author
Taylor Jennings is an aspiring educator and tech blogger. He’s an EdTech advocate and is always updated about the different mobile innovations. Feel free to follow him on Twitter: @TaylorJ427