Students in Interactive Environments Are More Likely to Graduate
If this article was being put forth in a screenplay format, it might look something like this (with all due respect to teachers).
INT. 20th-Century Classroom – Day
A teacher walks slowly back and forth in front of the class talking in a monotone voice about the lives of rare animals. On the chalkboard behind her are a few poster pictures of rare animals.
… and once a pink-toed deer smells humans, you may never see them again.
A student sits motionless, head in hands, eyes barely open as the teacher continues lecturing. The student’s head falls off his hands and hits the desk with a thud!
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And now, the same lecture in a 21st-century interactive classroom equipped with Touch Screen Technology.
INT. 21st-Century Classroom – Day
A teacher programs an interactive lesson into a flat screen positioned near the front of the class. On the screen are visualizations of the animals she and the students will be discussing and interacting with that day.
Okay class… today we have a rare opportunity to find out some really cool stuff about the endangered pink-toed deer.
There is a murmur of anticipatory energy flowing through the packed room. Students focus their attention toward the front of the class as the teacher touches the interactive screen and begins the lesson. The class grows silent and pays close attention to the rare animal presentation. They know they will not only be seeing the deer and other creatures that day, they will be touching them.
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Education, as with most things, has evolved. With the introduction of 21st-century Interactive Environments, classrooms equipped with flat-screen technology are opening the doors to learning wider than ever before. Students in interactive classrooms become more engaged, more interested in the subject material, and much more likely to graduate.
If there is a magic key to learning, it is engagement. “Student engagement is the product of motivation and active learning. It is a product rather than a sum because it will not occur if either element is missing.” – Elizabeth F. Barkley, author, scholar and educator.
Without interactivity and the increased ability to engage students as a result of today’s educational technology, progress toward reducing the number of dropouts would most certainly be curtailed.
As we strive as a nation to provide quality education to all our future scholars, especially in underserved communities, enabling them with the tools and opportunities to learn is our foremost obligation. Interactive technology can help motivate learning and unlock the limitless potential of our students just waiting to be unleashed.
We can only imagine how earlier generations of students could have benefitted from true interactive education. Learning is the gateway to the future and highway on which we travel toward knowledge.
“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” – Benjamin Franklin, author, scientist, diplomat. With knowledge, comes the power to choose and positively change the way we live.