Thursday, March 30, 2017
How Interactive Learning Engages Students
Founded to provide learners with a curriculum that is adaptable to their needs while still offering comprehensive coverage of key K-6 math concepts, Adapted Mind Math complements education with fun. Interactivity is at the core of the Adapted Mind Math game, which is capable of identifying learning gaps while also ensuring mastery is achieved in existing skills.
Interactivity improves student engagement by keeping them active and involved in their learning. The topic is examined in more detail by Eric Mazur, a Harvard professor, who developed his own interactive learning philosophy after seeing footage of himself teaching a class of disengaged students. He noted that he was doing little more than transferring information, which was not being learned or retained by the students.
In his Master Class, he encourages students to discuss the topics covered in his lessons in more detail, keeping them active while making the learning experience fun and providing variety in teaching. As a result, students stay engaged and he has their full attention when he begins speaking again.
Interactive educational games work slightly differently, relying on the players’ sense of fulfillment upon achievement to keep them engaged in the subject. However, one key similarity is that the student is actively involved in the educational process and takes some degree of control over it. In both cases, learning outcomes tend to be improved, as does retention of the information being transferred.