Enabling teachers as learning activators and experience designers
Igniting your students’ passion and curiosity for learning and helping them grow and succeed is paramount to teachers.
You recognise that there are no formulas that guarantee learning for every student in every context, so as an effective teacher, you encourage the curiosity of your students, require them to seek relevant information and ideas, and challenge them to use and apply what they discover in new, different, and practical contexts.
Learners of all ages are more motivated when they can see the usefulness of what they are learning and when they can use that information to do something that has an impact on others – especially their local community. Without an adequate level of initial learning, transfer cannot be expected. This point seems obvious, but it is often overlooked.
The Virtuoso platform helps you address these kinds of challenges.
Facilitate authentic student-centred learning with a tangible impact
Virtuoso makes your students’ progress visible for all involved.
It also enables targeted instructions and supports your professional development to help you effectively engage your students at different stages of the learning journey.
More engaged students are more passionate about learning, which makes them more likely to reach their potential.
Virtuoso: The learning engagement platform that teachers have been asking for
Keeping up with each student's progress increases the opportunity for timely intervention. Virtuoso captures and analyses student behaviour, performance, and ongoing feedback to track learning progress in one place, while keeping students and parents in the loop.
Informed by research: Assessment rubric framework
Because teachers have the greatest impact on student growth, well-designed and ongoing professional development can pave the way for successful learning outcomes. Virtuoso provides access to the resources, people, and tools you need to develop and demonstrate your capabilities.
Informed by research: Technology-enhanced teaching (collaboration with Macquarie University)
Every student has unique learning needs, requiring a tailored approach to classroom instructions based on the present level of performance. Virtuoso tracks and highlights these needs and provides a framework and shared platform for the design of personalised learning goals and activities for each student.
Informed by research: Individual Learning Pathways
Designing engaging, pedagogy-driven class materials that also support the required learning outcomes takes time and experience.Virtuoso provides access to the resources and frameworks required to design lessons effectively and efficiently.
The Virtuoso platform will assist you to:
In such communities, everyone - including the teacher, is a learner; where challenge, support, and timely feedback are key features. Your students will learn as they engage in shared activities, experiences, and conversations.
Foster positive and cohesive relationships with your students because we know they learn best when they feel accepted, when they enjoy positive relationships with their fellow students and teachers, and when they are able to be active, visible members of the learning community.
Provide learners with adequate and timely opportunities to learn and apply their learning. Research tells us that students learn most effectively when they have time and opportunity to engage with, practise and transfer and apply new learning in different contexts.
When teachers intentionally build on what their students already know and have experience with, they make the best use of learning time, better anticipate students’ learning needs, and avoid needless duplication of content and effort.
Learners are most effective when they understand what they are learning, why they are learning it, and how they will be able to use their new learning in the real world.
Support students to become better at reflection and undertake this on an ongoing basis. It is well-documented that learners who practice reflection absorb new learning, are more readily able to connect their learning to what they already know, convert thought into action, and modify what they learn for their own purpose.
More reading / references
- Combs, M. (1996). Developing Competent Readers and Writers in the Primary Grades. Des Moines, IA: Prentice Hall.
- Hattie, J., & Yates, G. C. (2013). Visible learning and the science of how we learn. Routledge.
- Pintrich, P. R., & Schunk, D. H. (1996). Motivation in education: Theory, research, and applications. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall.
Interested in developing technology-enhanced learning methods?
Cinglevue & Macquarie University researchers present a professional development workshop series for teachers: Technology-Enhanced Pedagogy.
Join us in a series of free professional development workshops to explore how you can integrate technology effectively to enhance teaching and learning.
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