Modern Learning Techniques for 21st century Students

We are leaving behind the days students had to memorize the textbook content, shuffle between countless notebooks and rely solely on the chalk talk. The world of Science and Technology is moving fast, and thankfully, slowly but surely, so is school curriculum and learning techniques.

We finally have more “learner centric” techniques where students are actively involved. The hands-on approach of modern learning techniques also allows them to practice and test independently of the traditional evaluation methods. With the inclusion of in-demand skills like Tech literacy, Problem-solving, Communication, they are also developing a solid framework for the future. More importantly, our focus has shifted from following one standard path with instructions to encouraging & empowering diverse ideas and innovations through technology.

Here are some of the effective learning techniques for children today:

1.      Creativity at the core

Creativity is not a subject, it’s a critical skill and mindset that can be applied to anything you do. The shift from acquiring knowledge through a single source to learning something through multiple mediums has created a great opportunity for creative self-expression, which leads to great ideas and innovation. With skills like Coding, designing, writing, students can now explore their interests on different levels.

2.     Project-based learning

The curriculum today is getting increasingly project-driven. The students are presented with real life problem statements rather than abstract concepts. This allows them to explore the subject by following their curiosity and easily track their progress through the development of those projects. Did you know that Tekie has a project-based curriculum where students learn how to code while working on 8 different projects with text-based Coding?

3. Collaborative learning

When you work in a team you are pulling everyone’s knowledge, resources and efforts together for a common goal, similarly when you are learning in a collaboration, you can achieve great depth and even speed up learning. It not only improves their social skills, but also broadens their perspective and keeps them motivated. Teamwork and collaboration are essential skills for the future so learning together can help them develop these skills early on. 

4.      Gamified learning

Be it online games or board games, children love playing. Gaming in itself has many attributes like storytelling, aesthetics, and rewards which appeal to children. The structure of games also involves following rules, collaboration, competition and learning through trial and error which motivates children to focus on their task and enjoy the process. Games are also a form of problem statement which are more fun to solve due to the highly intuitive and rewarding environment. Games can be used to explore the tangible dimensions of a lesson.

5.   Visual Learning

Did you know that visuals are processed 60,000X faster in the brain than text? Visual language is basically the use of graphics, videos, colours or any other visual medium to learn. According to Dr.Lynell Burmark, an education consultant, words are processed by our short term memory where we can only retain about seven bits of information, images; on the other hand, go directly into long term memory where they are indelibly etched. It helps teachers break down complex concepts into small  bits, helps students comprehend and retain information better and makes learning fun for everyone involved.

Tekie uses a multimedia learning method which makes learning highly engaging and interactive. We have an educational web series on Coding that simplifies the fundamentals, followed by DIYS and hands-on practice sessions with a dedicated mentor. Book a free class with Tekie to experience the joy of learning.

6.      Practice Testing

21st century students are becoming independent thinkers and self-reliant learners, thanks to the power of self-learning. Once you have introduced them to lessons, it’s important for students to get a chance to self-assess their understanding. E.g. Tekie provides homework streaks after the end of each topic and before the beginning of a new session, so students can assess and take control of their learning journey. This helps build their confidence. 

7.      Distributed Practice

The commonly practiced last-minute study method is not beneficial in retaining knowledge long-term. Teachers or parents can spread the study activities over the period that allows them to frequently revisit the topic for deeper comprehension. This also prepares students to plan long term goals and follow through with effective strategies. They also learn to tackle procrastination with deliberate practice by putting calculated and long-term efforts.

8. Personalized Learning

Each student has an unique learning pace and style and their response to these techniques might not be the same. Personalized learning allows the teacher to identify a student’s strengths and weaknesses and create a learning environment in which they can thrive. It also allows the student to achieve mastery in a subject by having a dedicated teacher to guide them throughout. Tekie crafts every student’s journey carefully with a dedicated mentor and allows them to choose a path based on the student’s interests. This enables the student to learn in a no-pressure environment and build tangible skills from the beginning. 

These are some of the noteworthy techniques shaping the new Education landscape today. Let us know your insights in the comments.