Interactive learning environments give students a different way to absorb new information. Rather than just reading from a book or listening to a teacher present a lesson, students can engage in multiple ways that help them better comprehend the material. While today's interactive learning environment can mean integrating more physical activities into the classroom, more often than not it means introducing software programs that allow teachers and students to interact in new ways.
Software-based learning products can provide a range of interactive experiences for students. Some of the benefits that these new learning tools provide include:
- Presenting information through visual design: Multimedia resources allow information to be presented in a variety of ways. Students can view an animation, listen to an explanation, move three-dimensional objects, respond to questions and get feedback, all within a single software program.
- Access to more information: Students can look up definitions simply by clicking on a word, dig deeper into new topics or follow the learning sequence that makes the most sense to them. By having easy access to more information, students can quickly gain new knowledge and obtain a more comprehensive understanding of new topics.
- Greater user control and interactivity: When students are allowed to navigate through a program according to their own preferences, they can learn at their own pace and interact with the program in the way that is most meaningful to them.
- Increased motivation: An interactive learning environment can be more motivating for students, primarily because the lessons are inherently adapted to fit their knowledge level. More advanced students can uncover new challenges, while slower learners can take more time to absorb the new material, all in the same classroom.
Of course, classrooms can't employ innovative software without computers. Creating an interactive learning environment requires implementing new technology and the furniture that accommodates it. One of the biggest challenges associated with computers in the classroom is maintaining control and reducing distractions when the computers are not in use.
Implementing classroom furniture technology that allows teachers to have control over the computer screens is a very effective way to mitigate these challenges. Having the ability to hide computer screens gives teachers a greater level of control and allows students to have a clear desktop when it's needed.
Teachers can also benefit from smartly designed audio/visual lecterns, particularly in schools that do not have the budget to provide computers for every student. The interactive learning environment is not limited to students interfacing with software; it should also include student-teacher and student-student interactions that may be facilitated by a software-based program. Students need multiple types of engagement throughout the day and smart classroom design is essential for creating an interactive learning environment.
Nova Solutions provides classroom furniture to accommodate interactive learning environments. Innovative solutions like the Trolley E-Class provide an integrated monitor lift system that allows teachers to easily switch between software-based lessons and more traditional ones. Downview flat-panel desks are also suitable for classroom computers while providing ergonomic benefits at the same time. Contact us today to learn more about our innovative classroom furniture solutions.