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Contrary to the belief that technology can be distracting for students, using drones in the classroom can be used as a tool for enriching students’ imagination and awaking their natural curiosity.
5 Ways to Use Drones in The Classroom: Cherishing Student’s Passion for Technology
Mobile devices have enabled the breakthrough of disruptive technology in modern classroom. New gadgets keep enriching the possibilities of engaging students in classes.
In addition, smartphones and tablets, as well as a number of new devices have entered the classroom. They range from smart boards to VR headsets and these tech inventions have helped reinvent traditional teaching methods.
Amongst the latest tech trends, the use of drones has become a widespread among photographers, journalists, farmers, police officers and many others.
For teachers, using drones in the classroom opens up a new set of opportunities to make classes more relevant and engaging for students.
However, drones can be used to help enhance orientation skills, motor skills, and even give students a better understanding of how the world around us works. The advantage is that they do not necessarily cost a lot, while their potential is significant.
Simple quadcopters can cost as low as 30 dollars, and up to 100 dollars, which is a small price for numerous benefits the whole class can experience.
Drones will awake the students’ natural curiosity and take it to the next level.
How can drones be integrated into your curriculum?
1. Use Drones for Speaking and Writing Exercises
The ability of drones to reach areas where the human eye can’t cannot be overemphasized. As a teacher, you can complement writing and speaking exercises with methods that include drones.
2. Use Drones to Teach Math
Math can be quite challenging to teach, especially to the students that have not developed interest for it. The lack of application in practice is what makes math so abstract to students, and thus engagement can be reduced to a minimum.
“Teachers must help students to become active and goal-oriented by building on their natural desire to explore, to understand new things and to master them.”
Students will retain information better if they can apply them in the real world. Thus, using drones to teach proportional relationships.
We can see a great example of how drones can be used to teach math in this video from Thai-Chinese International School. The students were observing drone’s movements and were given the task to illustrate its path with a distance and time graph.
3. Use Drones to Develop Children Motor Skills and Hand-Eye Coordination
Developing motor skills and hand-eye coordination is a crucial part of the child’s development. It influences many other skills such as reading, writing, balance, sense of direction and other fine motor skills.
It is important to practice those skills and drones are a fun way to do so. Flying drones requires excellent hand-eye coordination, as children need to use visual cues and be aware of the special relations so that they could use their hands to control its path and destination.
There are many excellent drones for kids, that are both fun and safe, that can spark their interest at this stage of development while they practice coordination skills at the same time
4. Use Drones in PE (Physical Education) Class
Drone Competition can be organized during a Physical Education class. Drones can also record children playing a certain sport and the teacher can analyze what can be done to improve their moves later.
Another creative use of drones for physical activity is to play hide-and-seek. Instruct the children to go and hide while you try to find them with the help of the drone. It will be equally amusing and beneficial for their health.
5. Use Drones to Teach Science
There are many creative ways you can use drones to teach science and demonstrate some abstract notions to students to help them have a better understanding.
You can use drones to help them understand cell structure by making a largescale model and then zoom in and out to show individual parts and the larger structure.
Laws of physics can also be taught with the help of drones – you can get students to calculate how long it will take the drone to cross a certain distance, or how the wind influences drone’s path. Options are numerous, and can bring a lot of fun into science classes.
In conclusion, technology is creeping into every aspect of human life, and education is not an exception. Yet, incorporating technology in education can bring a new perspective into education and motivate children to put their curiosity into good use.