In a class room, every student is leaning forward, interacting with the teacher or with other students, and / or with the content. Engagement is not a focus on entertainment rather it’s a brain activity. So the first focus area should be to make the student’s brain fully engaged in the classroom. This will ensure an increase in student’s grasp during the contact hours.
Second focus area is the nature of assignments given to the students. They should be challenging enough and should have a good coverage of the breadth and depths of the topic. It should factor in for the things like whether the answers can be searched, calculated, or copied; and should make the students probe to go that extra mile, with the help of the basic information and concepts provided to them in the classroom.
Third key area is the level of personalization. With technology, it’s easier to allow for student choice, for meeting interests, ensuring that assignments are at an appropriate level, and for allowing prior experience and language to support learning.
Classrooms are predominantly print-based environments with textbooks, teachers’ guides, assessment materials, and supplemental materials. Technology is often a shared resource. Transitioning to a digital learning environment with each learner having his or her own device, will help to facilitate personalization, participation, interaction, and collaboration with people who might be right there in the classroom or people across the world.
Teachers should choose the right mix of educational Apps, collaborative tools and interactive assignments that would help them to leverage the technology tools to effectively succeed in the above mentioned focus areas.