Educators and health workers can be the guides, facilitators or motivators of learning, which is now easier due to technology. The availability of digital resources themselves will not transform learning. Evident becomes the activity of engaging and updating the already available digital resources, doom due to technology advancements. Here is the role of the educator, who can decide upon passive use of digital resources, simply using available resources as they are, or active use, which can be demonstrated by designing own resources, peer collaboration, interacting with experts or even coding.
Designing own resources
When taking the decision of creating own educational material start from defining the objective, what will be the purpose of it, and also if it will be of usefulness. You may come to the conclusion that your target group needs concise, not complex solutions – in this situation an OER will not be necessary, but an option could be a video material.
Teachers can use videos they have previously downloaded from online or record own videos. Videos effectively utilised in the process of training can be a rich source of information for the educator, facilitating their process of teaching the disabled. Thus, when recording own lessons you can achieve two things:
– Create personalized digital resource tailored to the needs of your specific group of learners. This material can shown to learners while a traditional lesson in the classroom or shared online. Find out how to make a YouTube video.
– Collect feedback on the effectiveness of teaching. Learn from your mistakes to then introduce improvements to your teaching style, as well as observe each learner’s behaviour to better understand them, which is often impossible during a single lesson. Bill Gates speaks about this practice:;
For recording videos your smartphone should be enough. Although you can also try some audio and video tools with additional functionalities. Examples include: Twisted Wave and Loom. The first is a web-based audio editor and no downloads are required. The second will use your webcam to capture yourself speaking or show the screen of your computer. These are useful tools, especially when you are organizing a webinar or need to record material for individual learners.
An interesting solution will also be the creation of a whiteboard storytelling, which will have the form of a digital interactive video story and will be an alternative way of introducing or explaining the topic. To get an idea of this solution, watch the video:
When a video is not enough, more complex interactive solutions to choose from can be the use of digital games, instructional mobile apps or even augmented reality (AR). Any of these can be designed to address the specific disability a learner is facing. When choosing from the already available online solutions, first check yourself if the resource is adequate for your special learner, it may sometimes be the matter of changing the settings to adjust the resource to the abilities of the learner.
As wide as the world wide web is the choice of free digital resources.
Other tools and Resources to help trainers create own content:
Weebly – creating websites
WordPress – creating websites
Prezi – visual presentations, an alternative to PowerPoint
Canva – designing graphics, infographics and presentations
GIMP – photo-editing and graphic designing
Free tools to help trainers create own assessment:
Useful tutorials for some of the above can be found on DigitalLearn.