Education through technology has boomed in recent years. Studies have shown that increasing the time students spend on technological devices has a huge impact on their mental and physical health. The toll that has been taken during the past two years on children’s life can be managed in order to turn technology into an opportunity for learning, a tool, and not a way of living. “Everything in moderation”, the wisdom that Socrates has claimed in his school of philosophy can be applied in EdTech, as well. There are some methods that will help students use technology moderately in the learning process and this article will touch upon them below.
8 healthy ways in which to use technology while learning
Teachers and parents are concerned with reducing the time students spend on their mobiles or gadgets. While this is important for the physical and mental health of students, it might be perceived by children as a constraint or punishment. A positive tactic is to replace the content that students watch with educational, useful, and fun content.
- Follow online teachers’ social profiles
Dial down on following people on social media that do not provide helpful or healthy content. You can, instead, follow social media profiles of online teachers that provide educational content. It won’t only fill your social media with safe mental health content, but it will also help you memorize lessons easier and save up time spent learning.
- Play educative app games
Instead of wasting time playing repetitive games, you can actually put your mind to work and challenge yourself by playing educational games. This way, you will also escape your parents’ scowl. There are plenty of games online be it mobile app games or website games.
- Invest in old board games
For centuries, board games have been a social learning activity. Families and friends would get together and play these fun games. Children have the opportunity to learn basic knowledge, practice their strategical mind and improve critical thinking. Board games also enhance children’s social skills such as reacting to competition and failure. In fact, math board games are available for buying almost anywhere, or if you don’t want to invest any money, you can always go back to the past generations’ educational games and replace numbers with beans or stones, board with drawings on paper.
- Solve puzzles
Jigsaw puzzles or crosswords, Sudoku or labyrinth puzzles, are the most common games for geniuses. Believe it or not, solving puzzles, even though it’s just matching the pieces of a beautiful picture uses the brain as much as homework. Solving puzzles enhances spatial vision, critical thinking, and problem-solving. It’s a creative, fun, and challenging way to improve your brain’s capacity.
- Play chess
A game as old as time, chess is a noble way of getting smart. It requires patience, concentration, and strategic thinking. You have to predict the choices of your opponent so chess it’s the best sport for educational purposes. Be it online, or actually buying a chessboard, you will observe that memorizing capacity and logical thinking will improve in no time by playing chess.
- Listen to podcasts
We know that watching a walkthrough of a game is fun and addictive. However, you can get the same fun by watching podcasts on topics of interest. There are a lot of podcasts blooming in the past two years, especially in the educational field, and some of them tackle subjects that the formal school curriculum can’t fit in.
Reading doesn’t have to be only for the geeks. Children now have the opportunity to listen to stories, and this is such an important aspect of their education because it teaches them about empathy, creativity, vocabulary, and literacy. Audiobooks are available online, for free. In the craziness of today’s world with running here and there, children spend a lot of time with headphones on. They have the possibility to listen to some significant, educative, and elating for their curious mind.
- Radiophonic Theater
Do you know what you can find on Youtube? Gems of drama. There are several Youtube channels that publish radiophonic theater or cinema, so you can listen while doing homework, running or walking on the street, or just procrastinating. Radiophonic theater is fun because you hear people talking, usually, in a literal language, so that enhances your auditive ability, vocabulary, and understanding capacity. You get used to enunciating complex sentences, and maybe, you discover your talent as a voice actor.
Technology won’t lead the world to doom as long as it is used by people, and it won’t use people instead. Children should be taught to use technology as a tool, not become immersed and lost in an artificial, virtual world. Students should also be taught that the purpose of technology companies is to sell their products and make a profit, so they will always update their services, but this doesn’t have to mean that the children shouldn’t try other activities that can be more fun and definitely healthier than using technology.