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Redefining classroom engagement: The role of interactive technology at school

Gone are the days of a teacher reading a textbook in front of a blackboard. Today, interactive technology creates more collaborative, engaging learning experiences for students.

NEWS 6 Dec 2023

In modern classrooms and online learning environments, the old approach to teaching no longer suffices.

Today, interactive technology is playing a key role in classrooms all over Australia, and especially in leading online learning communities like Haileybury Pangea. These classrooms use smart technology to create a more interactive, engaging learning experience. The result is more engaged students, deeper learning and great results.

What is interactive technology?

In the context of schools, interactive technology is any tool that allows a two-way flow of information between the student and tool. For example, an online assessment that suggests ways to improve your answers would be considered an interactive technology.

Importantly, interactive technology can also enable online interactions between students and teachers to emulate the collaborative nature of a physical classroom. This means that with the right mix of smart technology, the online learning environment can provide a learning experience that matches or exceeds that of physical classrooms.

The many benefits of interactive technology

Ultimately, these tools make learning more collaborative, giving students opportunities to engage with each other, their teachers and their learning materials in more meaningful ways. For example, Haileybury Pangea’s Canvas learning platform allows students to upload rich resources, videos, images and written work to the cloud (written work is either uploaded by photo or created in the platform using a stylus). Teachers can then mark these and provide commentary and feedback in real time.

What’s more, by asking questions of students and providing immediate feedback, interactive technology can encourage deeper understanding of material and a monitoring of one’s own knowledge. This can help students fill gaps in their comprehension.

As well as encouraging deeper learning, the right mix of interactive technologies can improve student motivation and involvement. For example, gamification of learning, which introduces elements of competition and reward, is far more likely to hold a student’s attention than reading a textbook. Interestingly , several studies have shown, learning outcomes are far better when students are challenged and engaged.

View a demo class to see these interactive technologies in action.

The interactive future

Haileybury Pangea’s online learning platform was created by some of the best teachers in Australia in partnership with international researchers to reap all the benefits of interactive technology. It uses a blend of these technologies to enable collaborative learning, as well as customisable, self-paced experiences that can solidify and further student knowledge.

With all that said, one of the greatest benefits of using interactive technology is that it prepares students for the future. With the rise of AI there is no doubt that interactive technology will play a key role in many student’s future careers, whether they are using them or creating them. According to the World Economic Forum, employers will be looking for both familiarity with such technology, and the soft skills that automation can’t replicate such as problem solving, self-management, active learning, resilience and flexibility.

While these skills are difficult to teach and near impossible to assess, Haileybury is already focusing on strengthening them in all our students while continuing to develop foundational competencies, like literacy and numeracy.