Is your online learning environment as engaging and bright as your physical classroom space? Do you need some ideas about how to give your younger students choices so that learning is more meaningful?
You've come to the right place! Read on for some great tips on how to add life to your online learning space while providing students with choices to personalize and make learning their own!
1. Personalize the learning environment
Welcoming colors and fun visuals can help inspire students and get them excited about learning. In your online learning space, this means incorporating vivid backgrounds, large fonts in fun styles, and punchy graphics.
Rather than trying to create this type of look and feel on your own, check to see if your online learning platform allows for a choice of pre-made themes to help save you some valuable time.
By allowing students to choose an interface that is appealing to them, you can facilitate student choice and get them one step closer to owning their learning.
2. Let students choose their avatar
Younger students may find it more fun to choose from a variety of kid-friendly avatars rather than using their own photo.
If your online learning platform offers this feature, you can provide students with further choice and an additional way for them to express their personality.
3. Give them a space to create
Online learning environments provide numerous ways for students to create their own work, such as blogs and ePortfolios. For younger students, you may want to start with something simple, such as providing students with a simple page to write about themselves.
A text editor with large buttons and tools that are easy for younger students to understand will make it easier for students to record their thoughts.
Alternatively, if students are too young to type themselves, have them dictate while you enter their information.
4. Display a class bulletins box
Help keep your students organized by displaying a class bulletins box on the student’s online dashboard.
You can include class announcements or ideas for fun activities that students can work on at home.
Students can even personalize their own dashboards to include the information that is most relevant to them.
5. Use audio to further engage students
When providing instructions for an online lesson, you may want to consider providing both text and audio instruction so that you can address the learning styles of a variety of students.
With your online learning platform, you should be able to easily record and embed audio right onto your lesson page.
6. Provide instant feedback for assessments
Providing instant feedback to students when asking them to "show what they know" will help motivate them to continue working through the questions at their own pace.
Your online learning platform should provide you with the opportunity to create written comments in advance that display depending on which answer is given by a student.
At the end of the quiz or test, students should be able to see their overall performance so they can see what they did right and how they might improve.
7. Don’t forget parents!
Keep parents of younger children involved in the learning process by providing them access to a parent dashboard where they can view class announcements, assignments and progress reports.
Posted on Mon, May 12, 2014
by Leslie Ahern