Digital Learning Tools

Educators aren’t just teachers and mentors. They are also storytellers — professionals who communicate ideas and open up new worlds, just like classic fiction authors. From small seminar rooms to large lecture halls, educators weave storybook narratives into their programs. They elicit emotion. They invoke passion. They change the lives of their students. Now, with the advent of new digital technologies, educators are searching for new platforms to tell their tales. Here are five digital learning tools that facilitate storytelling.

Learning Management Systems

Learning management systems are a great platform for storytelling. You can keep resources and documents in one place and share images and videos from one single dashboard. This software also lets you connect with students who take your course on the web. 4.6 million college students now study at least one program on the internet, while 3.4 million students study all of their programs online [1].

Interactive Whiteboards

Interactive whiteboards are a valuable resource if you want to engage with visual learners. These large interactive displays work in a similar way to conventional whiteboards. However, you can save all of your images in the cloud, so students don’t need to take notes during your lessons [2]. 65 percent of the population are visual learners [3], making interactive whiteboards a useful digital learning tool for storytelling. More colleges are using them, including Boston College. “Interactive whiteboards are being used more and more in schools as a way to improve student learning outcomes,” they say on their website [4].

Smartphones and Tablets

Mobile learning has skyrocketed in recent years as more students access learning content from their smartphones and tablets. Investing in these technologies will help you reformat your stories for a whole new audience. Create a mobile app that lets you convey complicated, abstract concepts in an interesting way, for example. Alternatively, optimize your e-learning website for mobile devices. 72 percent of respondents in a recent study reported increased engagement with mobile learning, while students completed smartphone modules 45 times faster than computer modules [5].

iTunes U

iTunes U continues to revolutionize online teaching. This service lets you build apps and share your digital learning materials with students. People downloaded iTunes U more than 300 million times in its first three years [6], and there are hundreds of thousands of learning files available. Use this resource if you want to share stories with students from around the world. Many colleges already have, including Harvard University [7]. You can download iTunes U from the App Store on iOS devices.

Learning Content Management Systems

Instructional designers use learning content management systems to store e-learning resources in a single location. These programs sound similar to learning management systems, but they serve a different purpose. Learning content management systems focus solely on learning content and help users optimize their e-learning programs [8]. This software provides you with more flexibility when storytelling. You can manage learning content anywhere in the world at a time that suits you — a stark contrast from the constraints of a conventional classroom.

The five digital learning tools on this list help you tell stories in an innovative way. Use these tools to connect with your students and facilitate better learning outcomes.