With teachers constantly looking for new ways to keep their students’ attention high in the remote education scenario, nano learning represents an effective up-and-coming resource that must be kept in consideration.
Whilst keeping the level of attention high has always represented one of the most challenging tasks for educators, today it’s even easier for students to get distracted while they’re at home following remote learning schedules, with several new factors to take into account, such as screen fatigue, or countless pop-up notifications.
What is nano learning?
Nano learning represents an interesting methodology that offers an effective alternative to traditional lessons. Basically, it consists of incorporating bite-sized learning solutions into the daily classroom routine, be it online or offline.
Providing students with smaller amounts of inputs over a shorter time frame is proven to increase the ability to take and retain information. Why? Because it increases productivity and chances to capture the pupils’ attention, while also aiding their ability to learn.
This approach also makes things simpler when it comes to the most complex parts of the program: smaller and simpler chunks are obviously easier to understand, and adding an engaging element to the equation prevents learners from becoming bored during their lessons.
How can teachers put nano learning into practice in their remote education schedule?
First thing first, conciseness is key: the whole Nano-system is based on short contents. Therefore, don’t exceed and keep it under 5 minutes, even though it really depends on your students’ needs, personalities, the subject, and last but not least, the objectives of your learning program.
Obviously, the spotlight in the nano learning dimension is on multimedia formats, as pupils are clearly accustomed to seeing them on a daily basis on Social Media.
One of the most common formats is the video pill: a short content that you can easily create with the world-facing camera of your notebook, for example, the new Acer TravelMate Spin B3, and share it via Stream on Teams.
Vocal notes are also a very simple and engaging way to transmit bits of information. Windows OneNote, for instance, offers the chance to easily record and share short sound bites or mini-podcasts with your students.
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