Kids today have actually grown up with a mouse in their hands. They do not use the screen of a computer or tablet for passive consumption, but are used to interact with the content and images on the screen. Internet is playing a much bigger role in children’s lives today. A recent Ofcom report shows that for the first time, 12-15 year olds are spending as much time on the Internet as they do watching TV. New technology and devices like tablets, smart phones, or online-communities in social networks respond to new ways of acquiring knowledge. We asked Duane Sider, Director of Learning at Rosetta Stone:
What are the pedagogical benefits of online-learning?
“I believe it is the following three factors that make a difference: personalisation, interactivity and engagement.
Personalisation: Who ever had the experience of sitting in a classroom with different learner types knows how hard it can be to accommodate learners’ unequal pace or preferences of learning methods. While some seem to grasp grammar structures quickly, others need repetition. Teachers are often challenged by resource constraints when trying to tailor teaching to their students’ individual abilities and learning styles. This is where online-learning has a significant advantage and can support teachers: Good learning systems adjust to students’ personal progress as well as strengths and weaknesses, are available anytime, anywhere and are self-paced which is very motivational and engaging for students.
Interactivity: One of the major obstacles to effective learning is passivity. Content that is merely consumed, e.g. via video or frontal instruction, is less likely to engage a student’s long-term memory because the knowledge is not experienced. E-learning on the other hand offers numerous ways to engage students actively. Rosetta Stone for example provides students with real-life scenarios requiring the learner to actively acquire knowledge as opposed to passively consume content.
Engagement: Technology can simulate real world experiences with virtual tools like multi-player simulations or role-plays. It enables students to practise real-life scenarios in a secure setting which increases learners’ confidence.”
Stay tuned and find out more in our up-coming blog posts about the advantages of e-learning in schools. Read how teachers all over the world blend classroom elements with digital tools to teach languages with the help of Rosetta Stone. 20,000 schools and universities across the globe have already seen the real impact technology can make for students, teachers and the wider school community. This summer the #Languages4schools project gives the opportunity to 10 schools in the UK to provide the immersive language-learning experience to their students for one year for free. Find out more about #languages4schools here.