Connecting Informal and Formal Learning

Patrica Hawke

Before digital media was around the only kind of education was formal education, that which was directly from a teacher to a student in a traditional classroom setting. California schools realize that now with the digital media, students have access to informal learning at any time of day. This informal learning comes from educational devices such as iPod’s, iPads, phone applications, Internet applications and Internet information. Students can access educational information in many ways other than a teacher these days. Teachers are incorporating informal learning into their classrooms to help the students to be taught the right way how to deal with digital media in a classroom setting. Because of the popularity of handheld devices such as iPod’s, phones, laptops and other technological devices, teachers have found ways to incorporate them into classrooms. Since the majority of students have access to these devices, weather at home or in their backpack constantly teacher have decided that incorporating it into their classrooms will be greatly beneficial to students because they have access to it from home. This generation of students love technology and always is interested in using technological handheld devices. By incorporating education into these devices, that is a very smart way to get students interested in learning and to catch their attention in class.

Combined with formal lectures from teachers by adding informal digital media into the classroom helps students to become more comfortable in the classroom and helps them to learn in a way that best suits their generation. The children of the 21st century require a certain type of learning to help them to have a successful education. By combining both informal and formal learning it helps students to utilize handheld technological devices and their teachers lectures to easily learn concepts and become focused in class. Digital media includes educational applications that assist students with the learning process and make it easier to understand difficult concepts when learning in school with their teachers. Because students are so technologically inclined these days, schools need to work harder to introduce more technology into the classrooms. Students now require more technology than ever because they use it on a daily basis out of school. That’s why it’s so important to combine this informal digital media learning into the everyday classrooms. The more technology the better the students will do in school and the better the California school ratings will be. Students can succeed in school with access to more technology. By utilizing technology in the right way, educational technology can go a long way with students in helping them succeed in school. Teachers are learning how to incorporate technology into a classroom setting and students in California schools are beginning to respond very well to it. Incorporating digital media into classrooms makes teachers more confident in their students to do well in the classroom setting and at home while working on their homework, students are able to learn anywhere now because of the use of technology.

Patricia Hawke is a staff writer for Schools K-12, providing free, in-depth reports on all U.S. public and private K-12 schools. For more information please visit California School Rankings and Public School Rankings