You teach every day in an offline classroom, but the benefits of spending some class timeonline are impossible to deny. When you bring online learning into the equation, students can step outside the four walls of your classroom, while engaging with the content and building a wide variety of 21st century skills. 

But that’s not all—consider the full list of benefits online learning has for the offline classroom and the tools you can use to create an ideal learning experience. 

Seamless Student Collaboration

While collaboration isn’t a given, most online learning spaces inherently encourage it. When students are able to leave comments on each other’s work and share resources, they’re collaborating in a natural way. Create online assignments that promote this natural collaboration, such as peer reviewing, or have students write book reports as blog posts and share them with their peers.

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Increased Student Participation

Class-wide discussions are the bloodline of a good lesson—when students are talking, they’re not only engaged with the content, but sharing ideas and finding new ways to understand the subject matter. 

When you take these conversations online, those who are uncomfortable speaking out loud, in front of the class can participate in a manner that feels less daunting. Online discussions also lend themselves to continued conversation, as students go back and forth, debating a topic and sharing resources to back their argument or support someone else’s.

What’s more, as a teacher, it’s easier to track participation. Simply check the thread or discussion board to see who’s talking a lot or who’s not contributing at all. 

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Deeper Engagement

Online learning tools engage students the way their favorite gadgets do, allowing them to play, compete, share and discover. Bringing technology into your lessons, and taking them online, keeps students engaged with what they’re learning and makes the subject matter more memorable and relatable. 

Luckily, some of the most engaging online learning tools are free and easy to use. Tools like Google Maps are familiar to both you and your students, and allow you to bring a new dimension to geography or history lessons. 

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Improved Workload Management

Online learning doesn’t just benefit your students—it also makes your life easier, by streamlining every task, including tracking student assignments, writing lesson plans, and organizing important resources. 

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Personalized Learning Opportunities

It seems like there’s a new opinion on personalized learning every day. One opinion that will never change for some teachers is that personalized learning allows you to reach every student in the classroom, ensuring everyone has an effective and challenging learning experience. 

With online learning tools, students can read the same book at their own level, work through lessons at their own pace and much more.  

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Online learning in the offline classroom provides a variety of benefits to you and your students, including increased student engagement and improved assignment management. Consider using the tools mentioned to get students excited and make your life easier.