What a STEM E-Learning Platform Can Offer Your Child
By Maloy Burman
January 16, 2022
The importance of STEM education is in no doubt. Science, technology (including coding), engineering and math skills are vital for our future workforce and any child who excels in one or more of these areas has a bright future.
If your child has a particular interest in STEM subjects or shows signs of special abilities or talents in them, you may be looking for additional activities outside of school to help nurture their skills. You may also be looking for classes if you are concerned about your child’s progress in any of the STEM areas.
What are your options? There are summer camps and after school programs offered by specialist providers for a start. Your child’s school may offer extracurricular programs, too. A further option is one that your child can do from home whenever it is convenient. It’s the use of a STEM e-learning platform.
This option offers your child a flexible, personalized course and access to specialist teaching without needing to leave your home.
How a good e-learning platform should work
A child’s experience of e-learning should begin with diagnostic testing. Capturing where a child’s strengths and weaknesses lie means that all online lessons can be pitched to best maximize progress from the get-go.
Diagnostic testing will follow the same format as ongoing assessments throughout the course. It will be fun, interactive and engaging. Data from regular assessments throughout your child’s e-learning course can demonstrate how much and where they are making progress from beginning to end.
This data-driven approach improves the instruction your child will receive because it helps your child’s teacher choose the correct pathway through the learning content for your child. On a good e-learning platform, your child’s assessment data should be easily visible to you, meaning you can keep an eye on their progress, too.
As for the activities your child will engage in, these will include learning videos, presentations and multiple styles of interactive activities for your child to build and strengthen new skills.
Your child will learn from completing online worksheets that give immediate feedback, and through games and quizzes. Your child can also meet their teacher online and have the opportunity for direct teaching and discussion with them.
The whole system of instruction, activity and assessment should appear on a friendly, attractive interface that’s appealing to children.
The advantages of an e-learning platform
Here are four of the most significant advantages of this style of learning.
All parents know that children are naturally drawn to screens. They love almost any kind of online game and would happily spend hours immersed in technology. Why not put this to good use?
E-learning platforms leverage the enjoyment that children get from electronic games and activities by combining it with powerful teaching and learning opportunities. Engaging video content and gamification of learning are common features of good learning platforms. Your child is guaranteed to enjoy learning this way.
You can pick exactly what you would like your child to learn. You’ll find many of the course options on a good platform are relatively specific.
So instead of ‘computing’, you’ll find courses on app development or coding, for example. It means your child can follow a particular interest or work on something they need special help in. It could also mean that they get more experience of something they’ve only touched on briefly at school.
The other way these are tailored to the individual child is through the exact course content. As mentioned earlier, a robust system of regular micro assessment means that your child’s learning can be personalized to suit their progress throughout the course. Two children on the same course won’t necessarily follow the same program of study for this reason.
Accessibility and flexibility
Your child can access their additional STEM learning whenever it is a good time. All they will need is an appropriate electronic device and a stable internet connection. Many students choose to access their e-learning platforms regularly after school or on weekends. However, the possibilities are endless. They could use a long journey or time spent waiting for an appointment to get stuck into some bitesize learning.
The great thing about e-learning is that it is far easier to fit into a busy schedule than any in-person class or activity. You can easily add extra-curricular STEM learning to your child’s other out-of-school interests like sports and music.
Good e-learning platforms have proven track records of success. This comes from all the points above: personalization, high levels of student engagement and the flexibility of the courses are a winning formula.
e-Learning Industry cited a study by Brandon Hall Group Research that showed students retain up to 5 times more knowledge from an e-learning course compared to in-person teaching. They attribute this to the bitesize nature of the content on e-learning platforms.
5 exciting STEM courses your child can take on an e-learning platform
Your child can learn C#, HTML/CSS, Java, Python and Scratch. They could be a beginner or learn at an advanced level. Their course would be suited to their grade level and tweaked using diagnostic and regular assessment. Children are encouraged to use their preferred system to solve challenging real-world problems.
Game development e-learning courses are naturally popular with children and young people. They can use their creativity to build and test exciting gameplay.
This practical e-learning course will also appeal to your child’s creative side. They can learn how to design meaningful 3D objects using relevant software.
Arduino is a program that helps students develop skills in electronics. They can create circuits, from beginner level to advanced. They can go on to create exciting things like home automation and wearable devices. This will demonstrate the real-world value of their new skills.
AI-aware app development
Students can learn app development alongside AI and create fully-fledged, downloadable apps with a real-life purpose.
The rise of e-learning has opened some doors into the exciting world of STEM. These subjects are more accessible and more engaging than ever before for students of all ages. You can ignite a lifelong love of STEM in your child and help them develop skills for their future career.
Why not explore the many exciting e-learning options available further?
Maloy Burman is the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Premier Genie FZ LLC. He is responsible for driving Premier Genie into a leadership position in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Education space in Asia, Middle East and Africa and building a solid brand value. Premier Genie is currently running 5 centers in Dubai and 5 centers in India with a goal to multiply that over the next 5 years.
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