9 things to consider when choosing digital learning materials

09. Oct 2019 | Signe Boddum Voelding

Maybe you’ve been thinking of trying digital learning materials in your classroom. We’ve made a list of things to keep in mind when deciding on the right option for you and your students!

Choosing digital learning material

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1: Subject knowledge must be top notch!

There’s nothing to discuss here: Subject knowledge is imperative for your teaching. Say goodbye to digital materials that are not created by teachers or professionals with real teaching experience, and make sure all of the activities set clear learning goals for your students.

2: You should be assisted in differentiating the material

Every day, you and your colleagues teach 25+ students, and every single one of them has different needs. No digital learning material can solve that puzzle for you, but you can expect it to make an effort to try!

If the portal you’re considering doesn’t offer you a read aloud function, a special font for dyslexic students and access to both simple and advanced versions of the same text, don’t bother trying it out. You’ll need those differentiation tools.

3: You should save time on preparation

I bet you’ve had to say “I’d love to, but I have to prepare for class” more than a few times when someone has asked you if you’d like to meet up, or if your kids want to play a board game.

Your portal should provide unit plans and activities that you can use either as they are or as inspiration for your own material.

4: Customisable material

A learning material platform should provide you with 100 % flexibility and a function that allows you to build your own interactive unit plans.

You shouldn’t be satisfied with teaching materials in which Obama is still president of the United States and Myspace is the most popular social media platform. Our world is always evolving, and you should expect and demand that your digital learning material is updated when big things happen in the world.

6:  Reading comprehension support tools

Your students’ reading comprehension must be taken seriously. The portal should offer tools such as interactive reading guides to support reading comprehension both before, during and after reading. This allows all students to work with the same text, regardless of their individual ability.

7: All students must be motivated

A digital learning platform should motivate the students by being more than just a virtual piece of paper with some text on it. It should offer your students an immersive learning experience with multimodal elements such as videos, pictures, illustrations, audio files and media links.

8. Your voice needs to be heard

It is important that you can influence the teaching material you use. You need to be able to provide feedback to your provider with suggestions for changes or additions to the content.

9: User friendly

Your digital platform should not be difficult to navigate. It must have an intuitive, user-friendly design that is recognisable to both you and your students.

Do these portals actually exist?

Yes, they do. And you’ve probably already guessed it: Clio English provides you with all of the features above. In time, technology will enable you to demand even more from your digital portals, and we will naturally be ready with updates when that happens.

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