Why is a connected classroom beneficial for students?
Last week, we discussed how you can get started connecting yourself as a teacher. Connecting yourself is a great beginning to connecting your classroom to the world. Connecting your classroom is very beneficial for your students as well.
The connected classroom provides students with experiences that can’t be taught in the traditional classroom.
The top 3 benefits for students when you connect your classroom:
Provides an Authentic Audience
When you connect your classroom, it not only provides a window into your classroom, but a window to the outside world. The greatest value of this is that it creates an authentic audience for your students.
Traditionally, assignments and projects would be seen by the teacher, a classmate or two, and the student’s parents. With a connected classroom, projects have the potential to be seen by a wider audience.
When anyone can see and comment on a student’s work, it can incentivize them to care more about the work that is published, as it is shared in a public forum. It also helps students to feel like what they’re sharing is important, which builds confidence in students.
Promotes Digital Citizenship
The connected classroom helps students gain skills related to digital citizenship. Students are able to connect with students from around the world, which helps them gain empathy for and communicate respectfully with others.
Students are able to gain perspectives from around the world and experience cultures that they wouldn’t otherwise get to experience. A connected classroom also helps students gain collective intelligence and perspectives from around the world.
Students in the connected classroom learn how to connect with people from different backgrounds and cultures and learn how to interact with them, which helps them to prepare for life after school.
Builds Practical Skills
The connected classroom helps to build practical skills that prepare students for their future. For example, when blogging is introduced into the classroom, students gain writing and reading skills by commenting and responding to comments left on their blogs.
Students in the connected classroom can develop their online identities, practice storytelling, and collaborate digitally.
Lastly, the connected classroom provides students with opportunities to learn how tools we’re using today can be used specifically for global communication and collaboration, which is a valuable skill for their future.
As you can see, connecting your classroom is very beneficial for students. Students can gain skills that aren’t easily taught in the traditional classroom.
If you’re interested in connecting your classroom, stay tuned! We’re launching a new cohort of The Connected Teacher microcredential, a year-long mentorship program designed to help you connect yourself and your classroom to the world.
Get a free preview of The Connected Teacher microcredential by downloading our digital download “Who Do You Follow?” This digital download was created to help you build your personal learning network and help you to begin building your connected classroom. Take an in-depth look at Twitter, hashtags, and lists, and get advice on where to look first when building your PLN. Get it here.
Be on the lookout for more resources about the connected classroom and for more information about our upcoming microcredential The Connected Teacher. The Connected Teacher will help you build and maintain a connected classroom, transform student learning through local and global connections, and leverage the power of local and global connections as a teacher and a learner. The next cohort of The Connected Teacher begins in November! Learn more about this exciting opportunity here.