Teach STEM using laughter, creative techniques

educationdive | May 01, 2019

A study by the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) of 1,100 high school students found 60% want teachers to be more creative when teaching science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) courses, according to eSchoolNews. How can educators do that? Around 32% of the survey respondents suggested using humor, either through videos or projects. Meanwhile, 49% of the 11th- and 12th-graders surveyed said teachers should make STEM relatable to their lives, and 35% said classrooms should be equipped with more technology.The students also said the federal government should boost STEM by adding more competitions and projects; supplying more resources and technology to schools; increasing the number of STEM awards and scholarships; and funding more after-school STEM clubs. Finding a way to tie real-world stories to a lecture can help engage students in any subject. Making them laugh in the process? Well, the SIAM researchers say that’s even better.A 2017 study, “Humor, laughter, learning and health!” published by the American Physiological Society, concurred with that thought, even encouraging educators to fold humor into classroom activities. The report noted that teaching is much more than imparting knowledge. To pass on information, in the best possible way, educators are try to connect to students — but also help them retain this information so they can build on it and move forward in their education.

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Today’s colleges and universities face numerous challenges, with rising tuition costs and pressures for educational reform. Numerous technologies are emerging that aim, in part, to address these challenges. Herein, we provide an overview of 10 technologies and approaches that have the potential to improve higher education and enhance student learning and achievement; these include, Computerized Grading, Electronic Textbooks, Simulation Technology, Gamification, Flipped Classrooms, Active Learning Classrooms, Massive Open Online Courses, Collaborative Distance Learning Environments, the Active Learning ForumTM platform, and Learning Management Systems.

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Today’s colleges and universities face numerous challenges, with rising tuition costs and pressures for educational reform. Numerous technologies are emerging that aim, in part, to address these challenges. Herein, we provide an overview of 10 technologies and approaches that have the potential to improve higher education and enhance student learning and achievement; these include, Computerized Grading, Electronic Textbooks, Simulation Technology, Gamification, Flipped Classrooms, Active Learning Classrooms, Massive Open Online Courses, Collaborative Distance Learning Environments, the Active Learning ForumTM platform, and Learning Management Systems.

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