3 ways teachers can make learning more interactive

3. Use peer instruction to enhance the learning experience. Harvard Professor Eric Mazur pioneered a learning strategy known as “peer instruction,” a proven methodology that encourages direct student participation in learning exercises and harnesses pupils’ collective knowledge to deliver measurable improvements in learning. Peer instruction is similar to crowdsourcing in that it leverages group wisdom to reach goals that individuals can’t easily achieve on their own.

Crowdsourced learning is an excellent strategy for students who thrive in interactive settings. It allows students to actively participate in the learning process, communicating with fellow students to explore solutions and formulate responses. Learning software that enables instructors to embed questions in presentations and tally aggregate responses can facilitate peer instruction.

Instructors who are looking for ways to connect with a new generation of more technology-focused students are introducing fresh learning techniques and digital technologies into their classrooms—and achieving excellent results. They are analyzing what drives engagement and knowledge retention among today’s learners and creating lesson plans that bridge the gap between traditional learning methods and the more interactive style to which modern students are accustomed.

By integrating gamification principles into lesson plans, teachers are able to capture and hold students’ attention. Turning traditional lectures into an interactive conversation is helping today’s instructors give pupils a voice in the classroom. And incorporating peer learning techniques is helping educators facilitate collective problem-solving while ensuring students retain knowledge.

Interactive technology can play a key role in helping instructors revamp lesson plans to appeal to today’s students. With presentation software that allows teachers to gamify lessons, embed questions, display results, and spark conversations, classroom technology can help educators foster competition and facilitate communication for a new generation of students.

Mike Broderick is cofounder of Turning Technologies and serves as Chief Executive Officer.

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