Reading Now – 5 Ways to Use Drones in The Classroom: Cherishing Students’ Passion for Technology
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.
Reading Now – Top Trends in Educational Technology For 2019
One of the newest educational technologies, STEAM is an integrated approach to learning. This educational model makes use of science, education, arts, and mathematics to instill critical thinking among the students.
2. Artificial Intelligence (AI)
As we move towards a more connected world, industry analysts predict that the use of AI as one of a major trend’s in educational technology is set to grow by more than 45% through 2021.
The role of AI in the education sector is no longer limited to aspects like speech recognition, problem-solving, and planning. Rather AI facilitates automation of administrative tasks like students’ grading, the addition of smart content in the curriculum, and personalization of the teaching process.
The USA is one of the world’s largest markets for educational technology. The artificial intelligence market in the US education sector is projected to reach a value of almost USD 85 million by 2022.
3. Virtual Reality (VR) in Education
The high adoption of VR in education is partly due to the rise in demand for experiential learning. By taking the learning process beyond the classrooms, VR has facilitated the growing trend towards independent learning route. For instance, the medical realities platform employs the VR technology to help the medical students watch live broadcasts of simulated surgeries, giving them real-world experiences – something they wouldn’t normally get until late in their training.
According to the global market for VR in the education sector, the increase in the number of social VR spaces has opened up growth opportunities for stakeholders in this industry.
The Adoption of gamification is perhaps one of the biggest trends in educational technology that turns the learning process lot more fun and engaging. By adding game elements and bringing video game designs into the learning process, this EdTech trend improves the concentration level of the students.
While until recently, the K-12 education sector has been a major user of gamification; the higher education segment is also gearing up to adopt this technology to enhance the learning experience of the students.
5. Learning Analytics
Another emerging trend in the educational technology industry is the use of learning analytics. By utilizing the existing data effectively, this EdTech facilitates better monitoring of the student behavior.
Market experts have observed that the higher education segment has contributed close to 75% of growth in the global learning analytics market in the year 2017. Governments across the globe, especially in the US, are encouraging digitization of education.
6.Smart Learning Environment (SLEs)
SLEs are one of the best ways in which the hybrid learning approach can be put into action. This IoT based learning solution encourages personalized education system, driving better engagement and skill enhancement. Seen as one of the best by-products of IoT in education, SLEs have encouraged industry stakeholders to revamp their investment strategies and launch better EdTech products.
GROWTH MINDSET PRACTICES FOR TEACHERS
We’re going to keep things as simple as possible, though, and provide you with some easy ways you can begin fitting the growth mindset practices into your daily routine, both in and out of school.
BUILD A NETWORK
This is one of the most positive and beneficial growth mindset practices you can adopt as an educator. Having a solid professional learning network helps you with making connections and forging relationships with like-minded educators near and far.
Inside this network you share ideas and resources, have amazing discussions about your profession, and safely voice your concerns. Perhaps the biggest benefit to a PLN, however, is that you’re consistently learning and developing new practices to enhance your teaching practice, and also enhance yourself as a person.
A great starting point comes from the Edutopia article How Do I Get a PLN? Tom Whitby suggests beginning with as little as twenty minutes a day doing one or more of the following:
- Start a Twitter account and follow some educators
- Connect with educators on Google+
- Read education blogs
- Follow education chats specific to your content area
- Get involved in education groups on Facebook and LinkedIn
- Accept invitations to collaborate
ASK LOTS OF QUESTIONS
Those who grow always want to know—it’s a good mantra to have. The reason is because the very act of asking questions and finding answers is synonymous with what the growth mindset is all about: improvement, curiosity and, well, growth.
Consider how many questions a child can ask in one sitting. It can make your head spin, as their thirst for understanding and expansion seems inexhaustible. Obviously you won’t be following your peers around like a child would and posing query after query. You can, however, take from that youthful tenacity and fearlessness in knowing what they want to know.
For the child, it’s about exploration and development being at the heart of that curiosity. It’s the same way for you too, just on a more refined level. The answers you seek now are about exploring personal and professional questions and problems through the lens of deep inquiry. You are still learning and growing and always will be. The only difference is you’re capable of being much more selective of what it’s important to be curious about.
BE AN ACTIVE LISTENER
In as much as we must ask our questions and share our knowledge, the other half of learning is listening. We listen to understand, absorb, and make choices, and active listening helps us do it right.
In the article 10 Ways of Teaching Effective Listening Skills to Your Learners, we broke down ten key points that contribute to active listening. Begin with these and work with one or more as you converse with both your learners and your professional network colleagues.
- Don’t talk: Quiet yourself, and be open and available to what is being sought by the other person through your listening.
- Get into listeningmode: Quiet the environment and mentally open your mind to hearing by getting comfortable and engaging in eye contact.
- Make the speaker feel comfortable: Examples of this might be nodding or using gestures. Seating is also important. Decide if the speaker will feel more comfortable if you stay behind your desk, or if you took a chair beside them. For smaller children, get at their eye level instead of towering over them.
- Remove distractions: If necessary, clear the room, shut off tech screens, and silence your phone. You may also need to move to a more private location.
- Empathize: This is about looking inward and sharing similar experiences with who is speaking. Share them only if appropriate; otherwise, it’s always about the other person.
- Embrace silence: Some people need time to formulate a thoughtful response. Rushing them through, or suggesting what they want to say, robs them of the opportunity to communicate honestly. Let it be silent if it needs to be.
- Leave out personal prejudice: This can be difficult as our experiences form who we are. Putting all those experiences aside is a skill which requires practice.
- Heed the tone: Sometimes tone can hide the meaning of the words, and sometimes the tone enhances the meaning of the words. Know which is which.
- Listen for underlying meanings, not words: Listen first for comprehension, and then a second time for ideas.
- Pay attention to non-verbal communication: People communicate through body language and facial expressions, which is why eye contact is necessary.
LISTEN TO SOMETHING POSITIVE
It may sound trite, but it helps. What you are doing here is reprogramming your subconscious mind for growth and positivity, especially if you make this a daily habit.
One of the most powerful positive mindset meditations ever recorded was Earl Nightingale’s The Strangest Secret. This is a piece of advice that, in 30 short minutes a day, changed the outlooks and the lives of millions of people all over the world. Despite the dated context (it was recorded in 1957), it still shares a helpful and encouraging perspective on mindset, the idea of success, and what’s possible for us if we choose the pain of discipline over the pain of regret.
This tip works just as well with reading something positive every day. Dive into the works of Louise Hay, Dr. Wayne Dyer, Napoleon Hill, Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, or Rhonda Byrne. Start with ten to twenty pages a day—your life and your teaching will probably never be the same again.
When the day is done and we leave the classrooms and meetings behind, the best of all growth mindset practices for teachers involves reflecting on that day. This is a must if we are to continue improving, refining, and discovering things about our practice and about ourselves.
We get it—the school year (or day or week, for that matter) is full-on and it can be a challenge to carve out time to reflect and debrief. So how can busy teachers make it happen? One of the easiest ways is to make time for solo or group reflection in professional development sessions, or in daily meetings. It’s an essential part of the process of transforming your practice through transforming yourself.
Take some cues from the suggestions in the article 10 Reflective Questions for Teachers to Use Every Day:
- What was my best moment today and how can I have more moments like it?
- What was my most challenging moment and why? How will I respond next time?
- Were my students excited to be in class? If not, what can I do to change this?
- How was my mood with others today and how can I improve it?
- How well did I communicate with others today and how can I do this better?
- In what ways did my students surprise me most today?
- How did I support my colleagues today and how will I continue to do so?
- What are the biggest obstacles to improving my practice and how will I overcome them?
- What did I do today for myself and why is this important?
- What do I want everyone to be able to say about me?
KEEP ON GROWING
Still want some growth mindset practices? Take a five-day challenge alongside your students with the program in our free ebook The Growth Mindset Guide. This is the perfect primer for helping you and your students understand, experience, and adopt the growth mindset together. Enjoy five days of explorations and activities for growth mindset that you can fit into the course of the week. Go through the suggestions and activities and think of creative ways you can incorporate them into your daily instruction.