In Light of Hope, when we work with our educational contents for children, we keep focus on 4-5 criteria that we found very effective. It’s not necessary that all of these criteria should be reflected in a single content. And we often found that if we want to ‘force-feed’ all the criteria into a single content, it became too complex to use and take away all the fun elements.
As content developer and teacher, you need to make a balance. If two criteria is covered, than it should be considered as a ‘good’ learning content.
The criteria that we keep focus on when we develop our ‘creative learning contents’ are given below:
Since each brain is unique and every children learn and process things differently, it’s important for the educators and teachers to consider whether the educational material is inclusive. It’s important to check whether slow learners, children with learning disorder can use the material. It’s important to check whether the children can interact and engage with the educational material.
A single educational content on a particular topic may not have all the inclusiveness. For that educators or teachers can make different types of contents to cover one single topic.
For example, if you want to teach ‘solar system’ to children, you can develop a range of different contents like making a small model of solar system, doing a small project with children groups, making a game where 11 children can represent 11 planets and one can represent the sun and they can circle around the ‘sun’ to understand how the planets revolve around.
Here’s our ‘Letter to Picture Series’ that uses a different concept to teach children about alphabets. The content is designed such that children can learn without adult supervision, even children with learning disorder found it very effective.
Authentic, Creative and Engaging
The educational contents should be authentic. It should try it’s best to cover the original idea or topic.
Whether the developed material is creative and engaging determines the success and ensures the level of understanding among the students. For example, you can simply draw a larger version of solar system as a learning material. But in the book or from internet you will get those pictures in more detail. As teacher, you have to think whether you can develop a model where the planets can revolve around the sun to make it more interactive and engaging for children.
Flexible to use for different levels and lessons
Creating a new learning content for the classroom is always time consuming and sometimes costly for the teachers. Best contents are those that can be used for different grade levels and also for various lessons.
Can you develop a chart that can be used for both basic math and also for science? Can you make a content that can be used by children from grade 1 and grade 2?
For example, we developed a content called ‘Shape Artist’ where children can learn about basic geometric shapes, and also drawing animals and birds using these basic shapes. Teachers and parents can use the content for different levels and lessons.
Encourage to help learners to explore
The purpose of developing learning contents is to instill curiosity among children. The contents shouldn’t explain everything about that topic. It should help children understand the basic concept and encourage them to ask questions and explore by themselves.
If you want to teach children about ‘water cycle’, don’t make contents that explains everything and give away every information about water cycle. Leave enough things out, so that children can find out more about the topic. Help them to explore and self-learn something about water cycle.
For example, this video shows the human anatomy that encourage learners to explore: Video link.
You can find some video contents that we developed for students and teachers here. You can show them to your class, if you have multimedia facility.
Here’s the link for our youtube channel: Light of Hope Youtube Channel
You can find out more creative educational contents from eduSHOP.
We hope this article will help teachers and educational content developers to come up with creative, engaging and fun learning materials for children.
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