How Zoolingo Supports Active Learning – The Only Type of Learning That Matters
Thanks to technology, the learning process today is not the same as it was 20 years ago. Most of us who are adults now were passive learners. We were the empty vessels into which knowledge was poured. And it was with varying degrees of success we might add. Teachers and educators have come a long way in the last couple of decades. And the way we teach (or should teach) children has changed. Nowadays, we incorporate the use of active e learning for kids.
Today, learning is immersive and interactive. Which means that books and videos are as about useful as teaching aids as the abacus. In this age of active learning, educational apps have become the go-to tools for teachers. These apps – like Zoolingo– allow children to interact with the subject matter. Such interactions include: finger-tracing, dragging items on screen, dancing and singing with music. In addition, they reinforce what they are learning in class. In short, this new technology promotes active learning. And it is a process that boosts retention of knowledge and development of critical thinking skills.
What Exactly Is Active E Learning for Kids?
Active learning is an approach to education that says that young minds learn and develop fastest when teaching activities they are exposed to are:
What that means is that educators and parents take into account the developmental stage of the child and tailor the activities to their needs.
So, what are the characteristics of active e learning for kids?
- Active learning is purposive. This means that every activity has an end goal in mind. For example, learning to trace a triangle will teach children to recognize that shape in their surroundings. As a result, a child will recognize the shape whenever they see a slice of pizza or cheese, an arrowhead, and something similar.
- It’s also reflective. Also, active learning means giving the child some time to think about what they’ve learned. Thus involving pausing the lesson, asking questions, and guiding them toward applying what they’ve learned in everyday situations.
- Engaging and fun are the watchwords. Young children, especially toddlers and preschool children, best learn through play. That’s because their attention span is short. So, a boring activity quickly becomes a chore they are unwilling to participate in. When working with them, it’s best to frame lessons into activities they will gladly do. Such activities are outdoor exercises or sharing a tablet game with their friends.
- It’s situation-driven. Young children pick things up on their own, often by interacting with other kids, watching TV or videos on the Internet, and exploring things around them. Parents and educators need to recognize and appreciate that and reinforce the child’s independently acquired knowledge. For example, a child who encounters SpongeBob SquarePants on TV will be curious about the sea and the creatures inhabiting it. Active learning principles dictate feeding that interest instead of going against the current. Therefore, insisting on what kids should learn instead of actually let their curiosity and interest take play will be counter-productive.
Zoolingo – The Perfect Educational App To Boost Active Learning
So, how does Zoolingo fit in with active learning? With more than a 1000 educational games available, our app will certainly keep kids entertained and engaged. Each of those games is designed to teach and reinforce very specific lessons, be it vocabulary, shapes, or numbers.
That’s not everything that Zoolingo brings to the table:
- Our content is meaningful. Children get to walk away with new knowledge after every game. The games themselves use real-life examples and teach about the weather, animals, shapes, emotions, and more.
- It has a social component. Kids can play most of our games independently, but we’ve built in a social component in activities such as nursery rhymes, where parents, siblings, and educators can all join the child’s learning experience.
- It’s challenging. For an activity to be truly educational, it has to be somewhat challenging as well. While using Zoolingo, the child won’t be patronized or have everything served to them on a silver platter. They will learn through trial and error and practice their cognitive and critical thinking skills.
Make sure that kids in your class are always fully engaged and learning as much as they can. You can do this by augmenting your teaching process with Zoolingo. To learn how to reinforce what they learn on a daily basis, check out our recent post dealing with that subject.
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