8 Ways Online Learning Really Benefits Kids (and Parents)
As we get closer to launching DreamBox Learning’s first product, an online adventure game that teaches serious math, and we see more and more kids in beta testing, we’re realizing how many advantages there are to online learning games. In the classroom children get the very real benefit of interacting with their teacher and with other students. Online learning has distinct advantages too. That’s because online teaching can be tailored to individual students in a number of important ways.
The 8 Benefits of Online Learning
- Online learning is self-paced.
Students can slow down when they’re learning a new concept or they want extra practice time, and they can speed up when they’re comfortable with a topic or have mastered it.
- Sophisticated online education products can offer self-selected learning.
The curricula in traditional or older web-based products are designed in a linear fashion and don’t allow students to make choices within the curriculum. A new generation of sophisticated online education games can enable children to skip topics they already know and focus on material they’re ready to learn. They deliver the right level of education for the user.
- Self-directed learning games encourage engagement.
When students can choose the content they’re interested in, they gain ownership of their experience. They can take their time and explore as much as they want. In a well-designed experience, they can choose which tools they’re most comfortable using, helping them learn and develop proficiency. Children are more actively engaged because they make their own choices.
- Online education can support a range of learning styles.
Online learning can accommodate a wide range of learning styles and use a variety of methods geared to different learners. Whether they learn in a more or less linear way, whether they learn visually or verbally, or whether they learn by doing, every student has a unique learning style. If you want to know more about this, here’s a good page about how online learning can meet the styles of different learners. There’s even a link to find your own learning style!
- Advanced online tools can provide real-time assessment.
The most advanced online learning tools provide ongoing, real-time assessment of students’ progress. They can tailor the learning experience (e.g. vary the number or nature of lessons based on the user’s accuracy), and provide progress feedback. Regular assessment is critical to keeping a student challenged at just the right level – not overwhelmed by material that’s too advanced or bored by topics that the child already knows.
- With an internet connection, there are no geographical barriers.
The educational resources are available anywhere, so children can study at home or even while away from home.
- Learning happens when it’s most convenient.
Some kids like to jump online for 15 minutes before school. For other families it makes sense for children to do online activities during dinner preparation. Children can learn at a time that best fits their own needs and their family’s schedule, any day of the week.
- Online learning enhances computer and Internet proficiency.
Online skills like accessing information, communication, and collaboration are necessary for learning and succeeding, not just in school but in life.
How DreamBox Math Lesson Games Do the Most to Help Kids with Different Learning Needs
At DreamBox, we put student-centered teaching principles at the core of our online math learning games. More than any other product, DreamBox Learning K-2 Math offers differentiated learning. All aspects of the lessons are adapted to the needs of each individual child, including the:
- Instructional feedback
- Level of difficulty
- And much more
This user-centered experience, combined with the convenience of online learning, offers an effective supplement to classroom education.
Every day at DreamBox we are reminded how difficult it is to provide the right educational balance for young children. How do we make online math games for kids that are truly educational but also fun? How much choice should a child have within the learning framework? By digging deeper for the answers to questions like these we are revolutionizing online learning, creating a completely individualized, engaging, and effective learning experience.