Monday, December 29, 2014

How do we increase student motivation?

"Research shows that allowing students to set some of their own learning goals increases their motivation to learn. Technology enhances this process by helping students organize, clarify, and communicate learning objectives." 

 I selected this quote because I truly believe that this is correct. To increase student motivation we need to:

  • Allow them to set their own learning goals. 
  • Hold them accountable to their individual learning.
 I believe that allowing students to set their own goals will make them much more responsible and interested in what they are learning. By giving students options they may feel a sense of ownership and involvement in the material that they are learning. The use of technology will help enhance student engagement on the material that is covered. Technology can be used to:

  • Allow students to share their ideas and creativity in various forms. 
  • Prepare students for the "real world" of collaboration, communication and organization in the workplace setting. 

Citation: Pitler, H., Hubbell, E., Kuhn, M., & Malenoski, K. (2007). Using technology with classroom instruction that works. Alexandria, VA: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Chapters 1, 15-38.