Great educators are always on the lookout to make the transfer of knowledge to their students easier, faster, and more effective. In today’s fast paced digital world, information is available at your fingertips. Just a quick google search gives you millions of pages of information about any subject under the sun. However, just having all this information on hand doesn’t make it any easier for you to process this information.
This information overload with little or no context is exactly the problem that students are facing with our current education system. Though we’re increasingly comfortable using online resources to consume information and learn, there are two significant problems with the current approach to education that need to be addressed –
- It’s based on fact retention:
Most textbooks, eBooks, and learning material (online or offline) are meant to be a repository of information. However, even though there’s a lot of information it isn’t structured or organized in a way that makes it easier for the human brain to comprehend this information and learn.
- It lacks context:
If we force the brain to assimilate a lot of information in a limited period of time it becomes
overwhelming for the learner. There’s no ‘mental model’ that the brain is using to learn
these facts hence there’s very little chance of retaining this information meaningfully.
What’s the solution?
Adding context to the information that is available for various sources and curating them into logical bundles will help address the gaps that emerge from digesting the massive information available online.
Renyoo is an image annotation and content creation tool can help educators the world solve this problem. It helps educators create a ‘single window’ view of a topic by collating information sources across the web in the form of audio, video text, websites etc and adding them all onto a single image. Renyoo’s embedding/annotation technology called ‘Hotspot’s helps create an immersive learning experience for students, where they can explore and learn at their own pace.
Educators can also segment these ‘Content bundles’ by grade, adding more information about the topic for higher grades, while keeping it to the basics for lower grades. Students can also work together to keep adding information they find, eventually making it a fun and collaborative learning experience.
Renyoo helps students process faster and retain more information.
It is very well known that humans are hardwired to retain information better when they experience it rather than just read about it. That’s why a visit to a historical site such as a museum or a gallery can help bring a lesson to life. The sense of seeing, hearing, and feeling a story helps create a ‘Context’ for the information which is processed better and retained longer.
In this information age, we have the opportunity to create new-age learning solutions that are more contextual, immersive, accessible and most importantly collaborative that can replicate the sense of actually being there. These tools, if used right can provide experiential learning and augment our methods of education.
Creating immersive educational content with Renyoo in less than 5 mins
Fortunately, with advanced image annotation technology based apps like Renyoo, teachers can collate and create rich visual learning aids in minutes. All they need is an active internet connection. The best part is, once this resource is created it’s a permanent resource for generations to come.
Steps to create your learning aids with Renyoo
1. Choose the topic that you want to document – Collect & Collate Information
Let’s say you’re looking to document the evolution of Dinosaurs from the earliest marine reptiles in the Paleozoic period to the recognizable beasts such as the T Rex and the Velocirapter of the Jurassic period. You can create your own learning aid or ‘Dinosaur timeline’ by compiling all the freely available information on the internet. To get started, research the most illustrative pictures, websites & videos you can find from the web and upload them to the Renyoo app from your phone.
2. Arrange the information in your photo vault on Renyoo
When creating a learning aid on Renyoo, you can decide whether to share it publicly on your Timeline or privately via a Photo Vault. Once you upload the pictures into your Photo Vault you can also choose to rearrange it in your desired order.
Now, incase of the Dinosaur timeline, you can either choose to start with simple photos of different dinosaurs split up by their era Pleozoic, Mesozoic and Cenozoic. You can then add interesting trivia about them (Such as the species that were vegetarian and those that were ferocious predators) and segment the presentation into sensible content modules. This can form the base of a rich media presentation, you can later layer the image content with audio, video, URLs and more.
3. Enrich with images, audio, video & text.
Now comes the best part, you can collate and add all the information you find about Dinosaurs to help strengthen your learning aid. You can add videos, websites, explainer text, podcasts and more in the form of ‘Hotspots’ on your image. These hotspots act as ‘markers’ for information that aren’t intrusive but are aimed at generating curiosity. You can add an annotation to a hotspot and even change it later if you find better material. Neat – Isn’t it? The best part is that everyone who’s got access to the learning aid will be able to see the latest updated version almost instantaneously.
4. Share access publicly or privately, you can even monetize the content.
Once you’ve created the learning aid it’s a resource that will serve you for years to come. You can share it privately with your students and restrict public sharing. You can also choose to give a sneak preview of the tour to students and monetize the rest of the tour by storing the images in a vault with restricted access. The link sharing of your project will be protected with links that expire in 24 hours. So no one will be able to pirate or duplicate the content you’ve worked so hard to create.
5. Open it up publicly for crowdsourced learning.
Like everything on the internet nowadays, you can also crowdsource your ‘learning aids’. That’s how Wikipedia, the biggest repository of information on the web was built. Once you create your learning aid, simply ask your students, fellow teachers or other Renyoo creators who are interested in the project to continue expanding on the scope. What started off with a few pictures from the web with some explainer text can snowball into a full-fledged crowdsourced project with millions of pictures, videos and descriptions.
The prospects are really exciting and it’s amazing what can happen when we start thinking of education as a two-way process.
So, what are you waiting for? Start creating content today on Renyoo!