Want to give your students the chance to learn from home? Or you want to try using digital and interactive media to enrich the experience of learning from home. Here are some tips for using Actionbound to complement homeschooling.
Introducing New Topics
It can be hard to get students excited about a new topic, especially when homeschooling. An emotional response to a topic can often help get students excited. But how can you create that kind of excitement? Short, entertaining games are often especially good. With gamification– the combination of educational materials and parts of a game– information can be transmitted in a fun and creative manner.
At the beginning of a new topic, you can prepare a Bound for your students. You can awaken their interest using quizzes and creative tasks, then use multimedia tasks and quizzes to deepen their understanding. Students can simply play the Bounds from home. Since smartphones are everywhere, this is an easy way to get students started
You can also use Actionbound to get a sense of where how your students are doing with the material. You can find out how much they know already or, if you’re midway through a topic, you can test how much they know and are likely to retain. A Bound is also an ideal way to reinforce materials that have already been taught– and without reinforcement, the best pedagogy often comes to naught. Neural pathways have to be reinforced so that information can be retained over the long run. You can use a short quiz Bound to get a quick and easy sense for how your students are doing. Education assessment at a distance– Actionbound makes it easy.
Let students make their own Bounds
Your students needn’t just be passive consumers of information. They can be makers, too. Using our Instant Account feature (automatically included with teacher and educational accounts), you can make accounts for individual students, while retaining control of the material they produce. Students can create Bounds for one another and become their own teachers! After all, we always learn the most, when we help others to learn. Instead of asking them to give a presentation, try asking students to develop Bounds, in which the students themselves can determine the topics and experiment with different pedagogical methods.
Students can easily use their own photos and video. Bounds can also be created collaboratively, making them perfect for (socially-distanced) group projects. Individual Bound elements can be combined into a unified whole, without students needing to meet in person. A Bound can easily be created with the help of a video chat. Or the tasks can be divided up ahead of time, so that each student can contribute one part of a Bound that the teacher will manage.
Turn your teaching on its head! Instead of introducing new material in class and then applying it in the homework, do it the other way around– with Actionbound! Let your students get comfortable with new material using a Bound, which can then be played and discussed in class.
You and your students can create simple Bounds right away that you can play immediately. Our tip: Let your students choose their own topic (e.g. their favorite band or the neigborhood where they live) for their first Bound. That way, they’ll get comfortable with the software before they move on to other projects. The older your students, the more ambitious the projects they can complete. For more complex projects, a detailed introduction to the software and its capabilities is advantageous.