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With over 60 quality courses to choose from, Educator.com makes it easy to incorporate technology into your teen’s (or family’s) education. In fact, Educator.com offers the following advice in regards to doing so–
1. Make The Facts Real
Simply memorizing information is very boring and less likely to stick in your child’s (or your) mind. Making the facts real by using real world examples can demonstrate how subjects like math and science are important and exciting outside of the classroom. Fractions are a whole lot more interesting when used to bake chocolate chip cookies.
Many Middle School Science classes use the fun soda and Mentos experiment. Educator.com has engaging, middle school lessons on Chemistry, which can help give background information on the chemical reactions at work in this experiment.
2. Encourage A Multimodal Approach To Learning
Encourage your student to experience different ways of interacting with technology. Most laptops and tablets feature video recording, cameras, and styluses, which make learning more hands-on. Encourage your child to be creative with these types of tools and promote a space where your student feels empowered by the device, rather than a passive consumer of information. This approach can keep kids focused while making the lessons more interesting and fun.
3. Let Your Kids Own Technology
Giving students their own technology opens up opportunities for kids to really take ownership of their own educations and to be a part of the process. Even small kids can own and learn from toy laptops! Look for ones that are made for children and/or offer some sort of waterproof case. Then, when they graduate to the real thing, they’ll be ready.
4. Make Self-Paced Learning Easy
Everyone learns at their own pace and in their own way. Some students need more structured assignments and projects, while others do best when their creative energy is set free. Technology allows parents to provide the right amount of individualized support, and make changes when necessary. Educator.com offers many middle school and high school courses that allow students to learn at their own pace. Some courses are academic in nature, others, such as Garage Band, are more entertaining. ALL are educational!
5. Make Technology Safe
The interesting thing about children is that when left on their own, they can independently explore, discover, and make learning more exciting for themselves. However, teaching them about Internet safety early will prepare them to make their own decisions about Internet usage in the future. It’s important to educate them about Internet safety, and use parental controls as well. When considering different devices, look for built-in safety tools in computers that allow you to approve certain sites and content. Safety software allows your child to have the freedom to learn and explore, and for you to have peace of mind.
Incorporating technology has never been easier–Educator.com has classes for you and for your teens. Go ahead–learn something new today–enjoy your free trial!