When your kid uses his mind to visualize, eyes to see, hands to mold an ideated thought; nose, and tongue to smell or taste the proposed flavor, this in a nutshell is called Experiential Learning.
When parents were still learning to get used to the new technology, kids have already shifted their schools online. Thanks to the global pandemic which has brought the digital age and e-learning in full power action.
Can Online Learning of This Generation Be as Interesting as Our On-ground Classes?
Updated Teaching Methods
Every teacher and mentor is making the most out of their effort to understand the digital world and hold hands with kids in making them learn better. With presentations being replaced by blackboards or chat boxes with open classroom discussions, age has changed and maybe, this is how the future schools will look like! It has motivated teachers to take personalized learning seriously.
From fixing devices and the internet to attain a class to giving exams on online platforms, today’s kids have become digital-friendly in a short time period as a month. This not just proves their ability to grasp new trends but also their keen interest in knowing technology and being curiously invested in it.
Better Ways of Connecting
Education after the pandemic will almost look the same as it does now. With an increase in demand for online video connecting apps, we can already see a transition.
Looking at the positive side of it, any online course connects us with a mentor sitting in an altogether different corner of the world. The world looks like one big platform on a small screen.
But don’t you think this learning can turn into a tedious and boring screened-session? Here! Experiential learning comes into the picture.
Why Experiential Learning?
As by now, we agree, online platforms are the future. This is undeniable.
Experiential Learning has become important in today’s date, primarily because:
Attention Span of Kids:
Have we seen our kids watching a TV channel or sitting idle at a place invested in doing something for more than 10-15 minutes? This because: the average attention span of human beings has narrowed down to 8 seconds. If children’s attention is not grabbed and sustained in these initial seconds, you have lost them already.
Building Collaborative Skills:
Experiential Learning requires one to prepare teams, share views with each other, build on opposite’s ideas, and correct one another when at mistake. It makes the learning process fun, interactive, and most importantly adds value to our child.
Fun Learning=Fast Learning:
According to Neuroscience, a person learns a concept when he/she associates closely with it. When children are asked to perform an activity, they unknowingly execute it with science and other technical laws. Hence, once a teacher or mentor teaches them the reason behind it, they will remember it for life.
How Experiential Online Classes Can Take Place?
Kolb’s Cycle of Experiential Learning has four steps, guiding us towards what and how experiential learning should look like:
– Concrete Experience
– Reflective Observation
– Abstract Conceptualization
– Active Experimentation
Online classes are fun if…
Classes Are Curated With Actual Experiences
When a teacher introduces chemistry with how cooking ethics work or technology with recent inventions and innovation stories, children relate to it. These concrete day-to-day experiments help students in first registering and then revising concepts.
An Interaction Takes Place after a Concept Explanation
A detailed conversation or an interesting interaction that takes place at the end of the class helps students in building their ideas on the concept and think beyond textbooks. Open-ended questions should be proposed by teachers.
It Enhances Visualization
When and how things work, can a child visualize it? While listening to their teachers or mentor, when a child sees the process actually unfolding in his subconscious mind, he understands that concept perfectly.
Tests Conducted to Analyse Kid’s Learning and Not Grades!
An actual physical kit could be bought to experiment. Or a parent can start testing their knowledge while applying physics laws in playing cricket and lawn tennis, learning math through abacus solving, or narrate stories to see how well her/his languages are!
Online learning also helps in giving personal attention to each child by the teacher. Children are quick learners, their brain is mouldable and innocent, and hence when learning is made children-friendly, they learn, experiment, execute, and keep moving forward!