Sunday, February 21, 2010

Interactive Learning

Interactive learning describes a method of acquiring information through hands on, interactive means. The opposite of interactive learning is passive learning, which is merely observing a learning process or just listening to information. Interactive learning is a common method employed in schools today and often involves the use of computers, Interactive CD ROMs, Internet and other tangible equipment.

From very early on, children begin learning both interactively and passively. They acquire much of their language through passive learning, while much of their physical development is a result of interactive learning. As children grow, they continue to learn both passively and interactively and to respond differently to each method.

Interactive Learning Opportunities On The Internet 

In the past few years, the World Wide Web has provided students with websites that act very much like software. By clicking, choosing, or actually writing responses, the site reacts to the learner. The students also have an opportunity to create on these "interactive" sites. Learning on the world wide web does not have to be a passive activity. These sites can provide additional practice for a skill or concept or allow the student who has mastered a skill or concept, challenges or further in depth study. Although use of the computers for just "drill and practice" would be to really under use this wonderful technology, however, there are times when a skill or concept has been developed in the classroom and practice is needed for complete understanding and proficiency. These are also excellent websites for students to use at home or at the library. In a classroom, these sites lead to one of the best uses of the internet. Also included are websites that will be good resources to the teacher looking to integrate technology into curricular units.