The WOW Factor; when it comes to educating our students this can make or break a lesson.
The WOW Factor always gives an advantage when it comes to motivating kids learning. Isn't that what we want, to "wow" our students into further exploration and hook them to dive deeper into their own learning? The advances in technology have given us new opportunities for presenting materials and enhancing how we disseminate information. These same advances make it all the more difficult to engage students. Multisensory activities are always more powerful than your typical paper and pencil technique. A student who has a hard time fitting into a traditional classroom environment will have better experiences when content is differentiated, individualized, and gamified. By giving students a new way to engage with the content, there is a greater likelihood to incite curiosity and initiate ownership in their learning.
The new startup Leap With Alice has some example AR lessons available to download on their site that work in conjunction with content containing triggers that come to life when paired with the Alice App. I observed excited kids eagerly learning when working with these easy to use tools, get ready to WOW your students!
Sight Word Cube
A simple concept is taken to beyond ordinary when the device is held over the Sight Word Cube and a target is triggered, suddenly Alice appears on the cube - what is she doing? Jumping, thinking, walking, giving, laughing and even flying! Immediately you are drawn to the action, at some point the word is determined, and voila, a multi-sensory, immersive learning environment invites the learner to engage in a wealth of new opportunities and challenges for enriching how we learn.
Here is what I found using the Leap With Alice Science Smartsheet of the planet Neptune. The learning was self-directed and the kids I worked with were determined to not only find out the answers needed to complete the assignment, they wanted to explore and understand some of the more complex concepts mentioned on the smart sheet. In this case, I witnessed earnest determination, perseverance, and excitement to find answers that went beyond what was being asked of them. What is gravity? By tapping an arrow on the screen a video for kids started playing and gravity was explained in terms they could comprehend.
By gearing our lessons to take advantage of the what technology has to offer we can differentiation instruction, meet individual needs and provide a way for students to take ownership of the material being taught. We also foster intrinsic motivation. By using their own problem-solving tactics and creative skills, the learning naturally becomes more relevant to their lives. The phenomenon of natural curiosity is stoked! Joyful learning too! Remember the power of the WOW Factor in your educational practices!
Intrinsic motivation “doing of an activity for its inherent satisfactions rather than for some separable consequences”
Extrinsic motivation “a construct that pertains whenever an activity is done in order to attain some separable outcome.”
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