A recent study of millennials, the first generation to grow up with the internet, showed that they lacked high-level problem solving skills. Conducted by Change the Equation, a Washington-based science, technology, engineering and mathematics advocacy group, the study relied upon information from the Program for International Assessment of Adult Competencies. According to the Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies, Americans ranked lower than individuals in 21 other countries in technological problem-solving skills.
- Nearly 60 percent of students were unable to perform basic tasks with digital tools, like spreadsheets.
- Almost 20 percent of those tested could not use computer-based tools to categorize information.
Students who are unable to effectively use technological tools cannot thrive in the workforce. They will not be able to meet employer expectations and will be likely to earn less. With many students questioning the value of their educational experiences, a full understanding of how to use technology can enable your students to be ready to work and contribute. Ultimately the goal is to create a high-value learning experience.
YuJa enables you to teach effective problem-solving skills in the connected classroom in a number of different ways. Below, you’ll find some specific examples of ways you can use YuJa to support problem-solving skills. Customize these exercises to suit different subjects and contexts for your students.
The ability to effectively search for information and find solutions is essential to effective problem-solving. YuJa auto-captions your lecture captures, enabling students to search lectures and find information. Support students in learning to search for answers by:
- Creating assignments that rely upon captured lectures.
- Encouraging students to search lecture captures to answer their own questions.
- Using the multimedia discussion forums to present questions for discussion. Ask students to incorporate references to support their arguments.
Maximize student use and understanding of different types of technological tools. Digital tools include software, like word processing programs, presentation software, and spreadsheets, as well as hardware, like mobile devices and video production tools.
- Encourage students to use personal capture to create video productions to share with classmates.
- Make assignments that rely on different tools, to be shared through file sharing or the multimedia discussion forums on YuJa.
Categorizing information requires that it be sorted and grouped. This is a basic organizational skill that is equally important using digital tools or real-world objects. Help your students categorize information using YuJa by:
- Organizing classroom files into folders.
- Sharing files with students.
- Assigning students to share and upload material with the class, appropriately organized.
The multimedia discussion forums and other learning tools at YuJa make it easy to share information with your students and for them to share their learning experiences with one another.
- Have your students share video presentations and other assignments through the multimedia discussion forum.
- Encourage students to work on projects and share information in a variety of different, supported file formats.
Kelly, Rhea. “Study: U.S. Millennials Fall Short at Problem Solving.” The Journal. Web. Accessed on 22 June 2015.
Molnar, Michele. “U.S. Millennials Know Technology, but Not How to Save Problems with It.” Education Week. Web. Accessed on 22 June 2015.