Inclusive learning is the practice of developing learning environments and teaching approaches that ensure all children are included, engaged, and supported. While this concept may sound simple, it can be incredibly difficult to implement given how unique each student’s needs can be. Match that with the finite amount of time educators have to accomplish their goals each day and inclusive learning quickly begins to look like an uphill battle.
But, it’s a hill worth climbing. To get the most out of the education system, inclusivity is an essential component of learning and teaching. What does this entail? An inclusive learning environment is one that values the diversity and unique contributions of every student, respecting their individual needs and experiences. Here are a few ways you can ensure your school system is providing an inclusive learning environment.
Flexibility in learning and teaching is essential. From self-paced learning systems to a variety of visual and auditory media, students with different learning styles need supports that fit their needs. Technology can help facilitate this flexibility and ensure teachers are not handed the burden of manually personalizing each student’s support systems.
Additionally, by allowing technology to facilitate flexibility, schools can also support student’s self-agency by allowing students to tailor tech resources to their needs.
According to Diane W. Doersch, the technical project director at Verizon Innovative Learning Schools and Digital Promise, self-agency “helps a student take better charge of their learning and it’s not the teacher dictating things.“ Self-agency, or autonomy, is crucial for students’ intrinsic motivation, increasing their engagement and learning outcomes. At Viinko, we provide a comprehensive planner platform that enables students to autonomously organize and manage their workload. Students have the option to time block, break down tasks, track their weekly activities, and reflect on their assignments in a way their fits their learning s
3. Relationship Development
Finally, strong relationships between educators and students is a key component of inclusive learning. Teachers need to understand their student’s strengths, weaknesses, and vulnerabilities so they can provide adequate supports and growth opportunities. In-person class time is a great opportunity to build relationships and learn more about student individualities, but class time is limited and teachers have dozens of students to manage at a time.
Technology like Viinko can enable teachers to asynchronously monitor student behaviors and learning opportunities, enabling them to make better use of precious in-person learning time.
Similar to the walking stick, hydration pack, and trail mix needed to get everyone up the hill, education technology can provide the support necessary to get everyone engaged and working towards an inclusive learning environment, which is a very worthy mission.